A Harvard Business School professor argues that unseasoned leaders have more impact, for good or ill. An interview with Gautam Mukunda, author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter.
Gautam Mukunda has written a new book that tries to answer two vexing questions: Does it matter which leaders we choose?
And if so, can we make rational choices? InIndispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, the Harvard Business School professor argues that "unfiltered leaders" -- those who haven't had much relevant experience -- will likely have a greater impact than filtered leaders. What's harder to predict is whether that impact will be good or bad.
Mukunda's take on the HBS grad who's currently running for president? "Romney's business experience tells us little about what he will do in office, and what he learned during it will be of little help to him." Electing Romney, Mukunda says, would be a "tremendous gamble." (The following interview was edited for space and clarity.)