Why horrible people make great board members

10/10/2011 | Financial Times (tiered subscription model)

Every corporate board needs at least one member who's genuinely horrible, writes Lucy Kellaway. These types aren't fun to be around, but their aggressive manner and disregard for other people's feelings keeps other directors from getting too cozy, and it can lead to uncomfortable but necessary conversations. "They are dislikable people, but their very nastiness is useful," Kellaway writes.

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