Alpha Male Syndrome

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Harvard Business Press, Dec 30, 2013 - Business & Economics - 276 pages
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The business world swarms with alpha males—powerhouses 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 Male”—sounding 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 type’s 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.

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Alphas-who are predominantly male-may be aggressive achievers who get things done, but their potential for explosive anger and ruthless competitiveness can be bad for business. Husband-and-wife ... Read full review

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The gist of the book is to know yourself. The authors provide a typology of four types of alpha males: commanders, visionaries, strategists, and executors. Each type is broken down into strengths and ... Read full review


Alpha Male Syndrome The Good the Bad the Ugly
The Variety of Alpha Males The Roles They Play and the Masks They Wear
The Alpha Commander The Top Dog Who Can Be a Pit Bull
The Alpha Visionary The Dreamer Whose Dreams Can Be Impossible
The Alpha Strategist The Analytic Genius Who Can Be a Stubborn KnowItAll
The Alpha Executor The Driver Who Can Drive You Up the Wall
The Alpha Male Team The Club Where Everyone Wants to Be in Charge
The Care and Feeding of the Alpha Male Achieving HighLevel Health and Wellness
Coaching for Alphas Making Real Changes Making Changes Real
Sample Alpha Assessment Report
The Alpha Scale
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Kate Ludeman, Ph.D, and Eddie Erlandson, MD, are the principals of WorthEthic, an Austin, Texas-based executive coaching firm. Ludeman is a psychologist with extensive media experience and has authored numerous books. Erlandson is a former cardiovascular surgeon and a popular keynote speaker.

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