Management & Mismanagement Styles (How to Identify a Style and What to Do About It)

ABOUT Ichak Adizes

Ichak Adizes
Dr. Ichak Adizes is one of the leading management experts in the world. He was selected by Leadership Excellence Journal among the top thirty Thought Leaders of America and by Executive Excellence Journal among the top thirty consultants of America. For his contribution to management theor More...


This is the second in a series of three books. The first is titled The Ideal Executive: Why You Cannot Be One and What to Do About It. The third is Leading the Leaders: How to Enrich Your Style of Management and Handle People Whose Style is Different From Yours. Each book in this series can be read independently, but all together they provide a methodology on how to lead organizations as a team.

The capabilities that textbooks and trade journals demand from a leader do not and cannot exist in any single individual because the task of leading an organization is far too complicated for any one individual to perform well. These books and journals describe what a leader should be because that is what the organization needs. They ignore, however, that being human, people have strengths and weaknesses. No one is perfect. Management / Mismanagement Styles analyzes why the ideal executive or leader cannot exist and thus does not exist. Attempts to train and develop the ideal leader, by definition, cannot produce expected results.

This book helps managers identify the style of real people, not imaginary templates, and provides tools to build a team of people with complementary strengths and weaknesses, based on their different management styles.

This book provides a methodology to classify styles identify their strengths and weaknesses, and predict how each style will make decisions, staff, motivate, and communicate; in a word, manage.

Management / Mismanagement Styles is based on Dr. Adizes 30 years of consulting experience worldwide, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Dr. Adizes has also used the methodology described in this book in working with prime ministers, presidents and cabinets of governments around the world. His previous books have been translated into 26 languages and are best sellers in several countries.
"Ichak Adizes has done it again!  Another must book for every manager and executive who is willing and eager to learn more about themselves, their business, and their style.  He explains logically and convincingly why "the ideal manager" cannot exist and how to make up for the less than ideal situation.  The Producing, Administrating, Enterprising and Integrating (PAEI) concept is a comprehensive approach to management which is difficult to argue."

--Gideon Toeplitz, Executive VP and Managing Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony

"Dr. Adizes came to SanDisk when we were contemplating major transformations, necessitated by rapid growth.  Ichak initially came in for a three day offsite meeting with my staff.  He kept us working for seven days...Ichak's technique is unique, clear, personal, and decisive.  He is able to deliver results by stripping down even the most complicated organizations and people into their basic elements, and rebuilding them into a solid, streamlined organization that is well suited for adaptability in situations of rapid growth.  If you are managing a fast growth business that is beginning to break at the seams, this book will probably be of great help."

--D. Eli Harari, founder, President and CEO of SanDisk