Radical leadership advice

Radical advice on leadership: Cut out the military metaphors, treat people with real respect, and admit when you don’t know what you’re doing.

Doubt & Leadership
by John Lienhard

7 thoughts on “Radical leadership advice

  1. If you are actually in the military, by all means feel free to use military metaphors. Otherwise, realize you may sound silly.

    I suspect people who actually fight wars don’t use warlike language as often as executives do.

  2. I found big companies way more stubborn than the military, which is quite something, with the additional cover your back stance.
    In both case it is a duty to be intelligent, for your country’s propsperity or for your fellow soldiers.

  3. I think it would be hilarious if nonmilitary people used more REAL military jargon. I think our political ‘discourse’ would be greatly improved by the addition of such phrases as “goat rope” and “self-licking ice cream cone”.

    Couldn’t agree more on the “admit when you don’t know” thing, though. That’s a key part of our interview process for research staff — do they admit ignorance when appropriate, or do they attempt to BS?

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