Tyrants not welcome here

Over lunch today I had an interesting discussion with three colleagues about different leadership styles. We ended up talking about bad and rude leaders.

We have all met them, the tyrants… People in leadership positions who are pestering the people they work with by being rude, ruthless and arrogant, often driven by control, managing others mainly by fear and distrust…You know you work with a tyrant when you feel humiliated all the time. They often treat you as a naughty child. You feel guilty. You will have a feeling that there is no “hope” left.

Today 2010 tyrant leadership is really out of fashion and all sensible people know that this doesn’t work.

We don’t want to work with tyrants. We want to work with nice people who are empowering us to do our work better! Tyrants are disengaging the rest of the staff – this costs money for organizations – people are unwillingly underperforming, people stop being creative plus that’s it’s generating a weird atmosphere.

This is not good for anyone.

We all want to feel that we are contributing to a higher purpose at work. We all want to feel that we are doing something important! And feel that we are included in the group.

One tyrant on the top can destroy peoples’ willingness to contribute. It only takes one tyrant to create a lot of crap.

Is the solution to get rid of the tyrant?

Kick them out!
In the long term it is better for everyone, and the tyrant may learn a lesson?
Put a sign on your door saying:
“Tyrants not welcome”

Read more about tyrants in this article

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“Tyrants may delegate some tasks, but never power. They impose rules and procedures on others and are unprincipled with themselves.

Their trademark is secrecy, rumors, lies, manipulation, and contradiction. Highly defensive, they protect their territory jealously and desire to expand.

They do not manage talents, but create fuzzy boundaries and introduce change through the insecurity of others, unsettling people. Persons of power are divisive.

They manage by fear and distrust. Cohesion is impossible in their teams; cliques and clans are the norm. Shareholders pay for their infamy”