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Ways to Tell a Bogus Leader from a Real One

As the eponymous leads of the Bill & Ted movies could attest, there are two ways to live life—excellently, and bogusly. In a post at PM Hut, Eileen McDargh separates the excellent from the bogus. This is bound to be an adventure.


McDargh poses a few scenarios. In one of them, hypothetical George, head of HR, is informed by the CEO that a new merger will require George to inform many employees that they will be out of a job. George asks what the new company will look like and what skills will remain in demand, but the CEO says that knowledge is reserved for senior executives only. In this scenario, the CEO is behaving most heinously, because a true leader would be as transparent with possible with information. If knowledge cannot be dispersed for legal reasons, the CEO should at least explain that much. A real leader will display empathy for everyone adversely affected by the changes.

Another hypothetical scenario discusses Mary, Director of Nursing for a major hospital, where circumstances have created an influx of patients without additional funding to match. When she hears that nurses have been complaining about it to each other and patients, Mary sets up a rotation to talk to each shift’s nurses to get their input on what steps are necessary to create a more positive situation. In this scenario, Mary is a most triumphant leader. People like her can be described like this:

They are role models of resiliency and optimism. They encourage, solicit, and develop this attitude in others. Whining is short-lived. Winning is the mantra. By going out to others in small groups, a real leader becomes one of them and demonstrates a link with all. A genuine leader is not hung up on the past except as it is represented by core values and potent with meaning.

In other words… Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!:

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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