Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

The Emotionally Cold Leader

April 2, 2018

Tags: management, leadership

While some emotional isolation can help a leader, serving to protect them from involvement in unhealthy regressive employee practices, it can damage too. If too great, it frustrates the normal dependency needs of their staff though the warmth of managers can compensate for this.

In these businesses, it may seem as if no one (more…)

When Leaders with a Healthy Obsessive Personality Become Destructive

February 22, 2018

Tags: management, leadership

Though people with severe obsessive-compulsive traits, having a diagnosable disorder, can hinder an organization's operation, these basic characteristics of orderliness, precision, and properly delegating authority, are beneficial in a milder form. Some very successful managers have obsessive-compulsive natures.

Danger arises when the leader has an excessive need for order and control since these demands (more…)

Organizational Deterioration Under the Schizoid Manager

February 20, 2018

Tags: management, leadership

Organizational authority is granted a manager because of its needs. To accomplish tasks which it can achieve using the leader's skills and experience. And, recognizing this logic, employees submit to the manager's authority. But during stressful times, a leader's pathological characteristics can emerge such as the schizoid feature of isolation.

Now, the leader isolates (more…)