Just one walk through the aisles of Barnes and Noble or search on Amazon.com is all it takes to visualize how prevalent the study of leadership is around the world. As I write a book examining the link between leadership and mental illness among history’s greatest, A First-Rate Madness by Nassir Ghaemi, sits on the New York Times best sellers list.
Yet, despite the thousands of books, classes, seminars and speeches on leadership, the subject remains misunderstood, writes columnist Rajeev Peshawaria. Many associate leadership with power. But if that were the case, he writes, Hosni Mubarak, Kim Jong il and Fidel Castro would top the list as the most accomplished men in the world.
Whether all leaders are either good, bad or even leaders at all is the subject of Pashawaria’s latest column for Forbes. The Walker School of Business & Technology alumni who earned his MBA at Webster University’s Vienna, Austria campus is the author of There Is No Such Thing As Bad Leadership.