An item by Rosabeth Moss Kanter and the Harvard Business Review shares some thoughts about lessons from Tony Hayward, CEO of BP. Specifically, Hayward's leadership in the face of the Gulf disaster provides a set of anti-rules for bad leadership. As Kanter puts it, "The Case of Tony Hayward and the Gulf Oil Spill will be fodder for business school discussions for years to come, as a how-not-to-do-it guide for leadership".
Here is how (not) to lead:
- Deny and minimize problems.
- Emphasize your own power and importance.
- Rarely bring forward the rest of the team.
- Make the story all about you.
- Never apologize (and don't learn from your mistakes.)
- Hang onto your job even when it's clear you should go.