Why leaders are such bad judges of character and consistently promote the wrong people

  • Organizational psychologist Adam Grant says leaders are often bad judges of character.
  • Grant says, “the more senior you get in your career, the better you think you are at judging character,” but he maintains that the opposite is actually true.
  • Grant says leaders often promote “takers” even though “givers” are better performers.
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Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and professor at Wharton. Grant went to the World Economic Forum in Davos to find out what the world’s most influential leaders had to say about power. His learnings have been compiled into an Audible original called “Power Moves.” He sat down with Business Insider’s Sara Silverstein to discuss what people misunderstand about getting power.

Watch the full interview with Adam Grant here: A Wharton professor and organizational psychologist says leaders promote the wrong people, exit interviews miss the point, and there’s an easy way to find out if someone is stealing

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in February 2019.