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The Terrible Leader by Dan White

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1. Uncertainty

Terrible leadership feeds on uncertainty. If there is a high degree of uncertainty, there is almost nothing you can’t get away with as a leader. This is because people experience severe discomfort when faced with change. They immediately fear the worst and assume they are about to lose something, something important to them. Worrying about this potential loss is worse than the loss itself; think about the anticipation around tearing off a plaster/band-aid or those few moments at the top of the high board before you jump. A leader who can hasten the change or loss is nearly always considered a good thing. Terrible leaders can extract two useful lessons from this. Firstly the more uncertain the situation, the greater licence you ...

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