Sigh. In the race to the bottom, inspiration has become a bad thing.
You know its a slow news day when The Telegraph publishes results from a small study by 'Scientists' from the University of East Anglia and pitches this as evidence that perhaps we should not be looking for leaders of people who are inspirational. Extraordinary.
In a rebuke to David Brent-style managers the world over, new research suggests 'inspirational' leaders may actually harm their employees' health. Far from increasing productivity, bosses setting out to enforce a can-do culture risk stressing out their workforce and pressuring vulnerable staff into bottling up health problems, resulting in more absenteeism in the long term.