The Appearance of Non-Leaders
By Jeremy Francis

I suppose it is not surprising that when there is a leadership vacuum all sorts of non-leaders seek to fill it! Much has been written about leaders but what about non-leaders? Well here is my attempt at identifying non-leaders in a leadership contest. Use the following eight descriptions to weed out anyone applying for a leadership role in your organization. I am going to focus on non-leadership language!

Here are eight descriptions:

A non-leader is someone who says:

  1. ‘I am not really a leader’. Intriguing! Then why are you standing for a leadership role?
  2. ‘I would not describe myself as charismatic.’ Great! Then how would you describe yourself? Perhaps dull?

  3. ‘I don’t rely on specialists’. Really! Then who do you rely on… idiots?

  4. ‘I can deliver a better future.’ Interesting! What exactly is this better future and for whose benefit? Yours I suppose!

  5. ‘My theory is this… ‘ Go on, tell us more!

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