Here is the full transcript of organizational psychologist Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic’s talk titled “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders” at TEDxUniversityofNevada conference.
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Best quote from this talk:
“The best leaders are humble rather than charismatic, to the point of even being rather boring. This is why they rarely feature in the media or blockbuster movies.”
Have you ever worked with people who are not as good as they think?
I know this will surprise you, but statistically, they are more likely to be male than female.
That’s right. Men are typically more deceived about their talents than women are. They are also more likely to succeed in their careers. That’s because one of the best ways to fool other people into thinking that you’re better than you actually are is to fool yourself first.
This is why you may not just have worked with people who are not as good as they think, but also for them. Unfortunately, being unaware of your limitations increases your probability of being a boss.
I’m an organizational psychologist. I use science and technology to predict and understand human behavior at work.
One of the areas that fascinates me is the relationship between gender, personality and leadership. More specifically, how gender and personality shape our choices of leaders and how those leaders then impact organizations.
Discussions on gender tend to focus on the under-representation of women in leadership, which is more or less universal. Anywhere in the world — well, outside Iceland perhaps — the vast majority of leaders are male.