Looking for a Leader for Your Organization?

Consider this advice offered by Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist David J. Linden in a recent piece for the New York Times.

“When searching for your organization’s next leader, look for someone with an attenuated dopamine function: someone who is never satisfied with the status quo, someone who wants the feeling of success more than others — but likes it less.”

He describes the

“psychological profile of a compelling leader — think of tech pioneers like Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison and Steven P. Jobs — is also that of the compulsive risk-taker, someone with a high degree of novelty-seeking behavior.  In short, what we seek in leaders is often the same kind of personality type that is found in addicts, whether they are dependent on gambling, alcohol, sex or drugs.”

Don’t believe it?  He then lists many well-regarded leaders and their addictive habits.
Learn more about this link between the psychological profile of a compelling leader and compulsive risk-takers at
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