The Rationale of Irrationality



Like anyone else, leaders are capable of acting irrationally. This lecture shows that there is a rationale behind irrationality that needs to be acknowledged and dealt with. Many well-intentioned and well thought-out plans derail in organisations around the world because of the unconscious forces that influence our behaviour. This lecture delves into the types of irrational behaviour of executives and how to identify and manage them. It focuses on the value of keen observation and emotional intelligence as a part of the executive skill set. Emotionally intelligent people are better equipped to manage irrational behaviours and are likely to be more effective as leaders.

Learning Goals

  • Understand the different types of irrational behaviours in leaders, and traps they may fall into
  • Explore the nature and origin of executive complexes regularly encountered in organisational coaching and consulting work
  • Learn to recognise, decipher and manage irrational behaviours in oneself and in others
  • Understand the importance of self awareness, emotional intelligence and giving and receiving honest feedback to enhance leadership and team effectiveness