Loyalty to a Leader Is Overrated, Even Dangerous

Harvard Business Review

The other night I watched Raymond Reddington, fictional star of the TV series The Blacklist , pull off another impossible plotline without breaking a sweat, explaining calmly to one of his minions that the key to winning is to “value loyalty above all else.” I would contend that loyalty is linked with success in many people’s minds because the archetypal successful leader always demands utmost loyalty and in turn this demand is linked with a special competence.