Alpha Male Syndrome

Alpha Male Syndrome

By Kate Ludeman; Eddie Erlandson

Harvard Business School Press, Hardcover, 9781591399131, 276pp.

Publication Date: October 2006

The business world swarms with alpha malespowerhouses who take charge, produce astonishing results, and bring enormous value to their organizations. But many alphas also leave a path of destruction in their wake. Competitive, belligerent, and impatient, these hard-charging leaders can run roughshod over colleagues and employees, to the detriment of their careers and the bottom line.In Alpha Male Syndrome, Kate Ludeman and Eddie Erlandson build on their Harvard Business Review article Coaching the Alpha Malesounding a wake-up call to all alphas and the companies they work for. The authors show alphas how to leverage their unique strengths while confronting their destructive flip side risks. They describe the distinguishing dynamics of the alpha male syndrome and identify four breeds: commanders, executors, strategists, and visionaries. By understanding each types nuances, alphas can transform themselves into more effective leaders. And those who work with alphas can transform nightmare work groups into collaborative dream teams. Exercises, checklists, and tips enable readers to harness the enormous power of the alpha personality while minimizing the downsides of alpha behavior.

About the Author
Kate Ludeman, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized executive consultant, speaker, and author who has worked with some of the world's largest, most respected companies. Her 20 year career has taken her from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies to the cramped offices of high tech Silicon Valley start ups, as she has helped numerous organizations implement company wide transformation.

To learn more about Kate Ludeman, visit her website at .

Erlandson has helped corporations, government, and healthcare organizations tackle the challenges of mergers, resources, and technology.