Why we pick bad leaders

And how to spot the good ones

By Jeffrey Cohn, Special to CNN
February 14, 2012 -- Updated 1853 GMT (0253 HKT)

Ricky Gervais plays inept boss David Brent in the British version of TV show

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Business leaders often picked based on charm or academic credentials, says Jeffrey Cohn.
He says past results have little bearing on whether someone will succeed once promoted
Cohn lists seven qualities a potential leader must possess to be effective

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