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Chatting Up A Storm - Claudia Cragg


Apr 4, 2019

@KGNUClaudia, Claudia Cragg, speaks here withTomas Chamorro-Premuzic (@drtcp) about his timely and provocative book. Two powerful questions are asked by the author: Why is it so easy for incompetent men to become leaders? And why is it so hard for competent people--especially competent women--to advance?

And this is no feminist diatribe, rest assured. It serves as a practical and much-needed remedy for our times. 

Marshaling decades of rigorous research, Chamorro-Premuzic points out that although men make up a majority of leaders, they underperform when compared with female leaders. In fact, most organizations equate leadership potential with a handful of destructive personality traits, like overconfidence and narcissism. In other words, these traits may help someone get selected for a leadership role, but they backfire once the person has the job.

When competent women--and men who don't fit the stereotype--are unfairly overlooked, we all suffer the consequences. The result is a deeply flawed system that rewards arrogance rather than humility, and loudness rather than wisdom.

There is a better way. With clarity and verve, Chamorro-Premuzic shows us what it really takes to lead and how new systems and processes can help us put the right people in charge.

Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, consumer analytics, and talent management. He is the CEO at Hogan Assessments, Professor of Business Psychology at University College London (UCL), Visiting Professor at Columbia University, and has previously taught at New York University and the London School of Economics.

Dr Tomas has published 8 books and over 120 scientific papers (h index 41), making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation. His work has received awards by the American Psychological Association and the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, to which he is now director.

Dr Tomas is also the director of UCL’s Industrial-Organisational and Business Psychology programme, and an Associate to Harvard’s Entrepreneurial Finance Lab. He is also the co-founder of metaprofiling.com, a digital start-up that enables organisations to identify individuals with entrepreneurial talent. He lives in London and New York.