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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Leadership Secrets of Hitler and Other Tyranical Maniacs

Could This Be YOUR Next Manager?


Leadership Secrets of Hitler and other Tyrannical Maniacs

Aka…

How to Hire a Leader
Not a Tyrant!

WANTED: Leader [NOTE-Below is Taken from Actual Leadership Position Discussion]

Must be analytical and skilled in problem-solving and decision making, must have both vision and organizational awareness. Must have the energy, determination, frustration tolerance, and tough-mindedness to bring the two into conformance, resolve problems, and mediate conflicts. Must be skilled communicator able to articulate the organization's goals and objectives and send clear signals about what must be done. Must know the difference between efficiency and effectiveness and constantly strive to improve both. Must be goal-focused and results-oriented.
Passion - Must demonstrate passion for a cause that is larger then yourself and ability to rally others to join in making that dream a reality.
Vision – Must be able to give direction to, and breathe life into, a passionate dream. Will answer the question, what is versus what can be?
Creativity - Must be able to think outside the box and not afraid to try solutions that are new or different.
Intellectual Drive and Knowledge - Must be a perpetual student of your craft. Willing to read, learn, and get ideas from others.
Confidence - Communicate confidence that your vision is correct
Communicator – Must be able to speak and write effectively to encourage others to follow.

Target Audience: Business Owners, Board of Directors and Others Responsible for Hiring CEO’, Managers and others in position of leadership.

Brief Outline of Topics to be Covered: [Subject to minor modification]

Power in the hands of a Tyrant does not a good company make
The problems of power and authority
Prevention is the best medicine
Identifying a Tyrant
Characteristics of Leaders & Tyrants
Shared Characteristics
In their Own Words
Taming the Tyrant: What to do if you already hired a tyrant.
Resources for More Information
References



Popper, Micha (2004). Hypnotic Leadership: Leaders, Followers, and the Loss of Self. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Dealing with an aspect of leadership that the psychological literature rarely mentions, Popper (psychology and education, U. of Haifa) compares leadership to fire and its three necessary components: the leader to the spark, the followers to fuel, and the circumstances to oxygen. One of the questions he takes up is whether it is possible to generalize from the extreme forms of leadership characterized by the likes of Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and Adolf Hitler to less extreme forms. Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Buckingham, Marcus (1999). First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently. © 1999 Simon & Schuster.

The greatest managers in the world seem to have little in common. They differ in sex, age, and race. They employ vastly different styles and focus on different goals. Yet despite their differences, great managers share one common trait: They do not hesitate to break virtually every rule held sacred by conventional wisdom. They do not believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They do not try to help people overcome their weaknesses. They consistently disregard the golden rule. And, yes, they even play favorites. This amazing book explains why.

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