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5 Things Every Leader Needs To Hear

From the Bwhahaha School of Leadership comes Ron Edmonson, a self-described “idea-man”, who has published an article entitled 5 Things Every Leader Needs To Hear. A friend forwarded me a link to the article today, and I clicked on the link, thinking that it might contain some insightful critical messages for leaders who have lost touch with the people they’re supposed to be working for.

ron edmonson bunkInstead, Ron Edmonson’s article turned out to be a guide for sycophants, advising, “Are you trying to follow a leader? Make his or her job even easier.” Leaders sometimes feel down and blue, advises Edmonson, and good followers can prop them up by stroking their egos. Here’s the 5 things Edmonson says every leader needs to hear:

Good job!“every leader needs to be recognized for what he or she is doing right”

You are making a difference!“every leader wants their work to be meaningful and worthwhile”

I trust you!“Leaders are acutely aware that if they are not trusted, no one is truly following.”

I believe in you“Leadership can be a frightening place to be.” The poor dears.

I’ll follow your lead! What are your orders, sir?

Ron Edmonson’s article has inspired me, really it has… to create my own list of the Top 5 Things Every Leader Needs To Hear

1. Start sharing the wealth, instead of hoarding most of the money for yourself and your cronies in the board room
2. Don’t take the credit for other people’s work so much
3. Listen to other people’s advice once in a while
4. Stop hiding behind walls and gates and guards and security cameras
5. Restrain yourself from complaining about how difficult it is to be a leader

Now, allow me, at no additional charge to you, add a 6th thing leaders need to hear: A recent scientific study found that people at the top of an organization – the leaders – experience less stress than low-ranking workers. The last thing the low-paid workers in an organization need is to be given the new task of helping their lazy leaders to feel better about themselves.

3 thoughts on “5 Things Every Leader Needs To Hear”

  1. Bill says:

    Thinking back over CEOs I’ve known, I would say that:

    * 4 out of 10 are simply buffoons, who once happened to be extremely lucky to be in the right place at the right time. What they need to hear is: “You’re not actually very good at this, but you’re here and we need to make this work, so please seek out and heed good and diverse advice.”
    * Another 5 out of 10 are true sociopaths, who wouldn’t stoop to pick up a baby abandoned in the middle of a busy street. Nothing you can say to them would make the slightest impact, unless you’re prepared to back it up with a baseball bat.
    * A scant 1 out of 10 are reasonable, smart people who are just trying to do their jobs. What they most need to hear is “Don’t buy into this crap about your only responsibility being to build shareholder value. As a human being you were born with a much broader responsibility to help make civilization work for all of us.”

    And what all 10 out of 10 of them need to hear is: By virtue of your privileged and insulated position in life you have less understanding of what’s actually going on, both in the organization and in the world, than almost anyone else around you.”

  2. Dave says:

    Hate to say, but these affirmations are simply “attagirls”. Most men in leadership don’t require this kind of stuff from those they lead, however, from what I have seen of women in leadership roles this is what keeps them stoked. Ron Edmonson has been feminised if he thinks having everyone’s approval is relevant to attaining leadership goals. One exception is that men do like to hear “good job” from those who are qualified to say it.

  3. Tom says:

    The human race is lead by insufferable fools who think because of their postion that they’re somehow “different” or “better than” anyone else. We’re all meat robots. To quote someone on another blog:

    “the point is that human irrationality and delusions are common long standing aspects of humanity.”

    and, from another commenter at the same site:

    “Reality is the set of delusions we hold in common”.

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