1. They don’t read blogs entitled ‘5 things very successful leaders have in common’.
2. They don’t care about lists of platitudes of the type: be yourself, know where you are going, give feed back, be proactive, listen to people and don’t leave things for tomorrow.
3. They don’t think they have anything in common with other successful leaders other than success.
4. Actually, very successful leaders have in common a pair of legs, a pair of eyes, one heart, they all were babies before, and they all will die.
5. Courage, determination, resilience, honesty and fantastic communication skills. These 5 attributes of very successful leaders, are equally found in very unsuccessful leaders .
I beg you:
Stop thinking like a printout. Stop spamming with a list of platitudes. Say something that is better than silence. Stop writing as if you have found the Meaning of the Universe. Starting the phrase with “research shows that ’ does not necessarily give you credibility to your argument.
By all means, share ideas, personal and subjective. That is not the problem. On the contrary, that may be the solution to Robotic Psychological Pollution. I love biased and subjective ideas associated to a name. Then I know I am talking to a human being. I may agree or not, but I will know where people stand.
Disclosure. There are no 5 things that very successful leaders have in common. Or 10 things. Or a Harvard research with the solution. These attributional lists have the solidity of a cream cake. Father Christmas is your dad. Management thinking is exhausted. We can’t milk more Google lists anymore.
Richard III update: A human and critical thinking conversation, my kingdom for a human and critical thinking conversation.
It’s the battle for Ideas, not Lists.