172.3 Things Great Leaders Do Before Breakfast

They tell me that starting a blog with a number would get me loads of hits. So I thought I’d try it. Is the number big enough do you think? To get me lots of traffic, plenty of shares and retweets?

Because that’s what it’s all about. Isn’t it?

I’m assuming so. Because the excess of stuff like this sure as hell ain’t helping anyone do the day job.

Lists abound. How to be a great leader, how to be an authentic leader, how to be the bestest ever leader. 5 things, 5 more things, even 10 totally different things. New models new badges new bandwagons. Different definitions on a daily basis.

It’s just LinkedIn like fodder.

So tell me this. When did you last read an article like this and go out and do something different? When did you last read something of this nature and found it was truly memorable? Or did you just scan it, share it, move on to the next one?

Stop the timeline I want to get off.

The lists aren’t helping. We are not helping people. It is not changing anything, improving anything, adding to the debate.

It is time to call this stuff for what it is.

Largely twaddle.

Note, this post was sitting in drafts when Julie Drybrough published this post, which is well worth a read: http://fuchsiablueblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/leadership-is-dead-long-live-leadership-an-experiment/

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6 thoughts on “172.3 Things Great Leaders Do Before Breakfast

  1. Lists just feed the misunderstanding that a) we need fixing and b) that there’s a quick one available. A marketing genius somewhere has tapped into a weakness in our psychology that makes us believe we need this stuff.

    Most lists leave me disappointed at their lack….of anything much
    I may have been guilty of creating lists of my own at some point (eek!); I’m over it now
    And one or two of the lists I’ve seen have had some meaningful stuff in them, but don’t ask me which ones they were.

    If a list stimulates some good thinking or a good conversation, could that render it valuable?

    For the most part I think it perpetuates the myth that people are not good enough and that the answer to being better lies outside of them.

    So glad I didn’t have to plough through 172.3 things!!!!

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hadn’t thought of it from that perspective. I’ll confess I’ve been guilty of a list in the past too. Lately I’ve seen more and more. It made me wonder if we had run out of useful things to say on these topics when we translate them into sound bites. Bullet points for big topics.

      There are lists that have captured me. Simon Heath’s 25 is the exception that proves the rule for me.

    • I’ve just caught sight of ’20 things you must do to be happy’ which was a list of ‘you need to do this’ which really resonated for me with your first point.

  2. My list of why I like this post:
    1. The header started with a number
    2. It was bang on – I am already a slave to my own To Do Lists, I don’t need someone else’s
    3. It was well put and to the point

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