Why So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 22, 2019

“There is a surplus of charismatic leaders with a fascinating dark side.” — Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Today it’s great to have Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic on the podcast. Tomas is the Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup, a professor of business psychology at University College London and at Columbia University, and an associate at Harvard’s Entrepreneurial Finance Lab. He’s the author of Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (And How to Fix It)  as well as 9 other books, and over 160 scientific publications. He is the co-founder of DeeperSignals and Metaprofiling and a regular contributor to HBR, FastCompany, and BusinessInsider. You can find him on Twitter @drtcp or at www.drtomas.com.

  • Limitations of the “lean in” approach
  • Tomas’s alternative explanation for the existence of gender differences in leadership
  • How people focus more on confidence than competence
  • How we emphasize charisma more than humility
  • How we are more likely to select narcissistic individuals for leadership positions than people with integrity
  • Gender differences in narcissism
  • Is masculinity necessarily toxic?
  • Why we waste so much money on unconscious bias training
  • How do we get more women in leadership roles?
  • The better way to select talented people in the workplace than using gender quotas
  • Do nice guys finish last?


3 Responses to “Why So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic”

  1. Richard Pratt says:

    I’m a Psychologist, and I’m very interested in Human Intelligence and Intelligence in general. But If I see that people are going to step into these discussions to run down our President, or the general, smug attitude of the left…i’m not going to bother with this periodic publication at all. I’m sure this will stir up a lot of people living in a minority, who want us to believe they are actually making up the 68.8 % of the people in the Middle of the Gaussian Curve…..that will never be true. And, if being incompetent, etc, can make you worth 3 Billion Dollars, and hold the most powerful office in the world, and be married to one of the most beautiful women who ever graced a pair of high heels…then lets all be brash and incompetent. I’m not going to let the left-creep, creep into any discussions about the Mind, if I can help it. Having said that, I just did it !

  2. Penny says:

    In response to R.Pratt.
    How does being a minority affect the value of my objectives in the scheme of human achievement?
    How does being in the majority at one point in time or place increase the validity of yours?
    Only by listening to those with whom we disagree, and learn also from them, will we gain greater clarity.

  3. Janina Fisher says:

    Does 3 billion ake anyone less susceptible to disease? or spontaneous death? I think while this group 9high earners) are sell “vulnerable ” to immediate effects of being “human” or seem so they are just like the rest of us. they may have access to a “higher level of luxury” but that is a very shallow idea of “happiness”. I think that institutional systems play a large factor in these people being successful financially- if as humans they lack in many ways. I think gauging success doesn’t work because it is subjective to many things. If you are a Psychiatrist you are possibly aware of some of these biases.
    This show pairs very well with the Podcast 96: Awakening Compassion in the Workplace
    I’m a huge fan of this show because I find it to be unbiased.

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