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Tornado Bosses & The Dangers of Disruptive Leadership

August 15, 2019

If you think you’re a maverick leader it’s probably time to put on the brakes … your shelf-life may be short.

Every once in a while, companies go through a tornado of sorts, where chaos reigns supreme in the name of change. What are the dangers of disruptive leaders? When is it appropriate to hire or be one and what does it mean for the existing guard? 



Takeaways + Tactics 

As leaders, we can’t just steamroll everyone. Listen to those you lead, rather than forcing your will.

Mature wisdom and youthful energy both have merits- they should be paired together, not pitted against one another.

Disruptive leaders aren’t always inherently ‘bad’. ‘Tornado boss’, head to companies that need drastic change.



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Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 


Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.