Are You Crazy Enough To Be A Leader? Probably Not…

 
 
 

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Finish college.

LEADERS

Drop out.

FOLLOWERS

Obey the rules.

LEADERS

Question authority.

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Believe it’s about accolades.

LEADERS

Believe it’s about relationships.

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Need external validation.

LEADERS

Have self-confidence.

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Have a backup plan.

LEADERS

Have no safety net.

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Will not take no for an answer. Since they’re playing the game, they believe the rules and the courts will save them.

LEADERS

Hit a roadblock and change direction. They only fight battles they know they can win.

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Work for the corporation.

LEADERS

Start the corporation.

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Go to graduate school to gain a profession.

LEADERS

Hire professionals.

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Look at how everybody else does it, conformity is king.

LEADERS

Do it their own way, but are aware of how everybody else is doing it.

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Believe in vacation.

LEADERS

Never take a day off.

FOLLOWERS

Are students of what’s in front of them.

LEADERS

Are students of the game.

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Stop learning after school.

LEADERS

Never stop learning. Whether it be from books, news or colleagues.

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Argue about their paycheck.

LEADERS

Money is secondary, and they believe there’s enough if they succeed.

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Are afraid to lose.

LEADERS

Are willing to lose, because they believe they’re destined to win.

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Say no. Pessimism reigns.

LEADERS

Say yes. But are not afraid to say no. Optimism rules.

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Plan.

LEADERS

Make it up as they go.

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Take direction.

LEADERS

Make up the direction.

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Believe it’s all about the CV, what you can list on LinkedIn.

LEADERS

Social network because they’ve got so many ideas their heads will explode if they don’t release them. They know the people who started the social networks. They’re more interested in what made social networks successful than playing within them. They know building a resume only counts if you’re looking to get hired, and they’ve created every job they’ve had since high school.

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Are afraid and sometimes evidence desperation.

LEADERS

Are never afraid and never desperate. They see the world as their plaything, not something that can hold them back or down.

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Have no vision.

LEADERS

Can see the future in 3-D.

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Work in established industries.

LEADERS

Establish industries. The greats are not afraid of being ahead of the times, they know the times will come to them.

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Think about themselves.

LEADERS

Think about others. Sure, many are narcissistic, but their fortunes are based on filling the needs of the public, not their boss.

FOLLOWERS

Adjust their personalities to get along.

LEADERS

Get to be themselves.

FOLLOWERS

Play the politics.

LEADERS

Are above the politics.

FOLLOWERS

Work in the world.

LEADERS

Run the world.