FAKE
LEADERSHIP
20+ management tips for
leadership avoidance
We all have our ‘leadership’ opinions
‘Why aren’t
management leading?!!’
Often they go no-where
Thought …
…but no influence
Want to know?
‘How did my boss become a senior
manager when he/she has zero leadership
skills?’
This presentation defines management
behaviours that surround us
but are generally sidestepped to
prevent rocking the boat
No gloss
There are no pretty pictures and awesomely
inspired imagery.
Just words.
So then, just what is..
…fake leadership???
Whilst employed as a senior manager, fake leadership can
be defined as;
1. An avoidance of defining what leadership
is
2. ...
So how do you become a fake leader?
20+ tips to show you the way…..
1. Management matters
As a senior manager your priority is managing
sales, systems, processes, people and the
numbers
Get ...
2. Confidence
Be full of it
even when you have no reason to be
You are the person who always knows what they
are doing,
cl...
3. Involve HR
Corporates encourage managers to involve HR
people/process in any decision (to avoid
accountability)
It migh...
4. Know the theory…
..of leadership inside and out. Put that leadership
course certificate prominently on your office
wall...
5. Quote Apple and Jobs
Quote a reference to the iPhone, you will be right
every time
Despite the irrelevance of Steve Job...
6. Be on a ‘Leadership Team’
Surround yourself with likeminded managers on
this exclusive team. Emphasise it’s importance
...
7. Force a positive internal slogan
‘Better together’
‘Good to Great’
‘Striving for Excellence’
It’s what good leaders do....
8. Give the dog a bone
Offer a surprise managers shout;
pizza
ice-cream
Lunch at a local restaurant
Leaders pay for it. Ev...
9. Bark now and then
Bite someone’s head off
Surprise everyone. You’re the boss. You’re
the leader. You’re just like Steve...
10. Stroke your team pet
There is one in every team.
When your leadership is lacking the team
lapdog will highlight your q...
11. Dress to impress
Shiny shoes!
Gigantic watch
Fancy pen
Big car
You are definitely a leader
12. Perception is reality
Highly technical business and industry magazines.
Only leaders have time for such things.
Leave ...
13. Agree with…
1. Your boss about everything
2. Anyone more senior than you
3. Anything from HR
Remember
This is not lead...
14. Disagree with…
1. Your direct reports
2. Anyone less senior than you
3. Anything that hasn’t got HR approval
Reinforce...
15. Monthly Expenses
Never do your own
ensure they are of significant value
True leaders spend up large and let others do ...
16. Leadership pictures
Black and white imagery of famous people long
dead.
Your office is a shrine
You are a disciple
The...
17. Be needed
enjoy a grand hotel, a drink & a nice meal
Leaders must always
personally attend fancy random events
Being a...
18. Big company = hiding place
avoid leadership simply by existing within layers
of management
let them come and get you
i...
19. Distraction
Laugh at others
Esp the competition and various internal teams.
your team will have this in common with
yo...
20. The Big Signature
Dominate the bottom of every document
Big leaders have page presence.
21. Narcissism
A weakness for many
A complement for the fake leader
you know how awesome you really are.
Wikipedia: narcis...
And finally. Numbers.
Always manage the numbers.
Leadership is not the top priority valued by
the shareholders.
The number...
For more tips on leadership avoidance
you can follow me on YouTube:
Kind Regards,
David
david the
leader
Click here
Rate your boss
How many of David’s tips relate to your boss?
• 3 to 5 = typical scenario, observe and learn
• 5 to 10 = lo...
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Light-hearted, empathetic and cynical - a representation of those management behaviours that drive many people to despair.
The lack of distinction throughout the corporate world between management and leadership practices when applied to senior positions is a key reason for performance mediocrity within the workplace.
Through identifying these behaviours that are often used to avoid a lack of leadership, we may one day to be able address this issue more formally in the workplace.

In the meantime please identify and share those management behaviours that are commonly used in your workplace to avoid what we all desire – effective leadership.

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  • Wiki: Narcissism is a term that originated with Narcissus in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Currently it is used to describe a person characterized by egotism, vanity, pride, or selfishness; an erotic gratification derived from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes.
  • Fake Leadership: 20+ management tips for leadership avoidance

    1. 1. FAKE LEADERSHIP 20+ management tips for leadership avoidance
    2. 2. We all have our ‘leadership’ opinions ‘Why aren’t management leading?!!’
    3. 3. Often they go no-where Thought … …but no influence
    4. 4. Want to know? ‘How did my boss become a senior manager when he/she has zero leadership skills?’
    5. 5. This presentation defines management behaviours that surround us but are generally sidestepped to prevent rocking the boat
    6. 6. No gloss There are no pretty pictures and awesomely inspired imagery. Just words.
    7. 7. So then, just what is.. …fake leadership???
    8. 8. Whilst employed as a senior manager, fake leadership can be defined as; 1. An avoidance of defining what leadership is 2. A consistent lack of leadership behaviour 3. The covering up of (1) and (2) via alternative behaviours
    9. 9. So how do you become a fake leader? 20+ tips to show you the way…..
    10. 10. 1. Management matters As a senior manager your priority is managing sales, systems, processes, people and the numbers Get this right and your lack of leadership will never be a real issue Really.
    11. 11. 2. Confidence Be full of it even when you have no reason to be You are the person who always knows what they are doing, clearly you are a leader
    12. 12. 3. Involve HR Corporates encourage managers to involve HR people/process in any decision (to avoid accountability) It might be the wrong decision, but it was half OK if HR gave their approval
    13. 13. 4. Know the theory… ..of leadership inside and out. Put that leadership course certificate prominently on your office wall. You may have zero leadership behaviours, but you know how it’s supposed to be done This should be enough
    14. 14. 5. Quote Apple and Jobs Quote a reference to the iPhone, you will be right every time Despite the irrelevance of Steve Jobs’ expertise and management style to your industry, quote him anyway. No one will argue with you
    15. 15. 6. Be on a ‘Leadership Team’ Surround yourself with likeminded managers on this exclusive team. Emphasise it’s importance on your public Outlook calendar. Who can ever challenge your leadership qualities? You’re on the team!
    16. 16. 7. Force a positive internal slogan ‘Better together’ ‘Good to Great’ ‘Striving for Excellence’ It’s what good leaders do. Anyone who questions the ‘cheese’ can be isolated for being negative. Awesome.
    17. 17. 8. Give the dog a bone Offer a surprise managers shout; pizza ice-cream Lunch at a local restaurant Leaders pay for it. Everyone loves it.
    18. 18. 9. Bark now and then Bite someone’s head off Surprise everyone. You’re the boss. You’re the leader. You’re just like Steve Jobs Keep them on their toes
    19. 19. 10. Stroke your team pet There is one in every team. When your leadership is lacking the team lapdog will highlight your qualities The others remain frustrated That’s their choice.
    20. 20. 11. Dress to impress Shiny shoes! Gigantic watch Fancy pen Big car You are definitely a leader
    21. 21. 12. Perception is reality Highly technical business and industry magazines. Only leaders have time for such things. Leave the latest editions scattered around your office. Drop in a random article quote The leader knows all
    22. 22. 13. Agree with… 1. Your boss about everything 2. Anyone more senior than you 3. Anything from HR Remember This is not leadership, this is effective avoidance.
    23. 23. 14. Disagree with… 1. Your direct reports 2. Anyone less senior than you 3. Anything that hasn’t got HR approval Reinforce your authority to steamroll leadership challenges
    24. 24. 15. Monthly Expenses Never do your own ensure they are of significant value True leaders spend up large and let others do the donkey work
    25. 25. 16. Leadership pictures Black and white imagery of famous people long dead. Your office is a shrine You are a disciple Their leadership qualities live on through you
    26. 26. 17. Be needed enjoy a grand hotel, a drink & a nice meal Leaders must always personally attend fancy random events Being a leader demands a lot of your time This is your sacrifice.
    27. 27. 18. Big company = hiding place avoid leadership simply by existing within layers of management let them come and get you if they dare
    28. 28. 19. Distraction Laugh at others Esp the competition and various internal teams. your team will have this in common with you; a distraction from your own weaknesses
    29. 29. 20. The Big Signature Dominate the bottom of every document Big leaders have page presence.
    30. 30. 21. Narcissism A weakness for many A complement for the fake leader you know how awesome you really are. Wikipedia: narcissism is a term that originated with Narcissus in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Currently it is used to describe a person characterized by egotism, vanity, pride, or selfishness; an erotic gratification derived from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes.
    31. 31. And finally. Numbers. Always manage the numbers. Leadership is not the top priority valued by the shareholders. The numbers are. Always.
    32. 32. For more tips on leadership avoidance you can follow me on YouTube: Kind Regards, David david the leader Click here
    33. 33. Rate your boss How many of David’s tips relate to your boss? • 3 to 5 = typical scenario, observe and learn • 5 to 10 = look for another job • 10 to 15 = leave your job regardless • 15 to 20 = your boss is a twat in any language • >20 = David Brent

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