Transformational Leadership – transforming the brilliant brute!

Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on

What would you do? Let’s say you have someone on your executive or management team who fulfills the description of brilliant brute. “John is brilliant, forward thinking, driven, highly capable and knowledgeable but is inadvertently demoralizing those with whom he works.  People are publicly chastised, put down , and … well, nobody is as smart as this one-man show known as John.”  If only we could tease out the bad (that which is not working) such that his gifts and talents could catapult to a whole new level.  The boss has declared that “John” is a keeper because of the value he has added over the years but contends he “must change”.  Sound familiar? What did you do? Or what would you do?