A Reuters profile of Dow Jones & Co. CEO Lex Fenwick portrays him as a foul mouthed, hot-tempered, mercurial tempered, imperial leader.
Aside, from the fact that Dow Jones is a competitor of Reuters, and the inherit subjectivity, the piece brings up an interesting point.
Is it acceptable for CEOs and business leaders to have larger than live personalities? If they product results should their aggressive and often times abusive actions be tolerated for the greater good of the organization? Conversely, could a mild mannered, milquetoast executive successfully run an organization?
“He would go into the office in his purple suit and stand there like a peacock and scream at people,” said one former Bloomberg veteran. “He felt that he was keeping people off balance constantly… so they would look at things differently.”
“This is not what I wanted! Are you a f—-ing idiot?” one employee heard Fenwick screaming at a colleague not long ago. Others inside the company say they have often heard Fenwick yelling profanities and shouting at underlings.