The Tyrant executive - ACR Vol.16 (1&2), 2008 THE...

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ACR Vol.16 (1&2), 2008 THE TYRANT EXECUTIVE Abbas J. Ali In order to situate themselves on the power stage, tyrants do not hesitate to use whatever means are available to optimally serve their own interests. Whether they appear in the business or political arena, tyrants share three primary characteristics: a feeling of indispensability and self glorification, intolerance of opinions and acts which might deviate from their own, and a tendency to blindly or brutally resort to whatever actions they think necessary to maximize their benefits. In its report “The Worst Bosses in America,” bnet.com (October 9, 2008) recounted a story which one would normally assume could not to take place in today’s organizations. The story is about an individual who was demoted from manager to assistant manager because he had organized an outing for the company’s employees on the instruction of the head of the company. On the scheduled day it rained and that upset the head of the company. The manager, who had planned the event two months before, was accused by the boss of having intentionally scheduled the event to be on a rainy day. Obviously, the accusation was illogical, as no one can predict weather conditions with precision. The story serves as an example of a tyrant executive who levels accusations at those with whom he works and who does not hesitate to severely penalize those who might not conform to his will and instructions. In his typology of American executives, Useem (2002) indicated that the tyrant executive was a product of an era in the nineteenth century. He argued that the tyrant embodies a kind of arbitrary one-man rule that is driven by the urge to be number one and ahead of his competitors. Despite initial short-run achievements, the tyrant eventually stumbles and violates accepted rules and norms. For example, John Patterson built the National Cash Register Co. and led it, in a short time, to a position of eminence. His ruthless business conduct and the harsh treatment of fellow
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