A Summation and Review of Kaiser and Kaplan's 'Can You Overdo People Skills?'
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Kaiser & Kaplan's (2013) article presented a very empty and lackluster argument in attempt to forgo people skills in the name of progress and advancement. Although this less than convincing work establishes little towards its hypothesis, some useful dialogue can be produced from such a work as learning can sometimes come through disagreement and debate. The purpose of this essay is to review this article and give a summation about its contents and arguments.
The rhetorical skills used by both authors and their quoted sources within this article attempted to paint a picture of presidential leadership, and leadership in general, as being too kind to their subordinates. The article's title " Can You Overdo People Skills?" serves as a an excuse for rudeness, ignorance and degradation of empathetic relationships.
The article becomes suspect immediately when Doris Kearns Goodwin, a plagiarist and deceptive historic author who has a tendency to bending facts in her direction is quoted as a source. This should not be a big deal, but when one calls themselves a historian a certain level of standards need to apply to these people. Burnstein & Isenberg (2012) recently wrote that "Goodwin is a serial plagiarizer who has been welcomed back with open arms by the TV punditocracy. She directly and egregiously lifted quotes from others' works on multiple occasions a Pulitzer Prize winning book contained passages plagiarized from three different writers! and she quietly paid off one