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.
Instead, 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?
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.