Experts Are Passé, What About Leaders?

Recent research shows that experts—people with deep training and experience in a field—are surprisingly weak in areas where we expect them to be strong, such as solving tough problems and making good decisions. In many, if not most cases, we'd be better off relying on algorithms and outsiders instead of experts. So does this mean that experienced leaders are passé? What about motivating teams, setting vision, coming up with new ideas, and the other traditional roles of a leader — are these still valid and valuable?

Speakers: Andrew McAfee
Festival: 2013

Watch and Listen: Economy

Globalization ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. For its proponents,... See more
What does it take for a team, business, or nonprofit to achieve audacious goals? Venture capitalist John Doerr argues... See more
Will the boom in asset prices come to an end, and should it? How spectacular will the correction be? Will tax cuts... See more
Financial-technology innovation is accelerating globally, making financial services more affordable, convenient, and... See more
The United States and Germany have much in common: advanced industrial economies, high living standards, first-class... See more
Most of us know the entrepreneurial success stories of places like Silicon Valley, the Research Triangle, and Boston.... See more

Pages