Simply cannot stand the very idea of leaders.
Look at them! Look how special they think they are!
Look how special we think they are.
It’s our own fault, we fetishize them.
I’ve had it up to here with leaders.
Want to know why?
That lot, the faceless adoring horde?
That’s you that is.
And me too. And anyone else dumb enough not to be a leader.
The Big Guy at the front (and it’s nearly always a guy) requires a load of seemingly faceless drones to follow him.
Cos whats a leader without followers? A weirdo, that’s who.
Luckily for self-styled leaders our organisations are hardwired to provide the faceless horde. When you join an organisation, you’re signed up straight away to a Horde
So there’s an endless supply of Horde Followers who therefore need a Leader, cos what’s a Horde without a Leader? A bunch of weirdos thats who.
Create a Horde, appoint a Leader, hey presto, an organisation!
In short, this is why I can’t stand the idea of Leaders…
Because it makes everyone else into followers.
The leadership literature elevates leaders, and by extension turns everyone else into drooling simpletons, bumbling around without direction or motivation.
There’s a compensatory sop given to acting as a catalyst, not getting in the way but acting as a Shepherd, creating the optimum environment for people, acting on the system etc.
In the systemsy gurus nobody has the balls to get rid of Leaders, Deming has his “14 points for management” and that Vanguard Method seems to work really hard at finding something for leaders to do, by changing the inside of their brains, rather than locking their offices when their backs are turned and turfing them out on the street.
Now, I’m no management guru , which is just as well, but I reckon trying to find better things for a bunch of rich dudes to do isn’t tackling the root cause of the problem.
If the root cause of business problems is command and control thinking, and it very nearly always is, then the heads that hold that thinking are too. They’re system conditions that work against purpose but personified.
Systemsy methods are directed at trying to get leaders to learn and change their minds about work, and in the main it seems they’re not that interested. They’re like the class dullard, creating a noise in class, occupying the teachers time and attention so the rest of the class is dragged down with them. That’s a METAPHOR by the way.
Everybody else, customers, staff and wider society is dragged down by the very fact of Leaders existence.
There’s lots of things I’ve read about creating curiosity and getting leaders into the work, the ultimate purpose of it all to change management thinking. But God I’m bored with leaders.
Bored, bored, bored, bored bored.
Leaders, you’re boring. The lot of you.