Recently I was reading an article on different types leadership: command leadership, manipulative leadership, paternalistic leadership, contingency based leadership, and values based leadership. The description of the manipulative leader was one that I am sure everyone has come across: "manipulative leader has greed or personal gain as a driving force or a major motivation, and will use deceitful methods to achieve their goals". Who has not come across one of these!!!
The good news is that history shows that manipulative leadership, as advocated by Machiavelli, "often succeeds in the short term [ but ] almost always fails ultimately because expediency cannot be concealed forever"
So if you are a victim of a manipulative leader, get back your life in hand, react and know that its days are counted!
Those who are practicing manipulative leadership, you need to read Joseph S.Nye's new book called "The Powers to Lead" to understand why you have to stop practicing Machiavelli. There may be still some chances of redemption for you lot and who knows you may end up having some followers! Although most probably you will have to work extremely hard to regain respect and trust.