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25. Nerds

Real nerds may be brilliant and knowledgeable—but often nobody understands what they’re talking about! We have all seem them. Everywhere. The problem with nerds is that people don’t bother trying to understand them, even when they should be trying to—which is a loss for everyone.

Do your followers think that you are a nerd?

Remember: Leaders need to be understood or they will have no followers.


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24. Team Freaks

This person believes that everything must be a team effort. Everything. Don’t get me wrong—we think teams are great. But as with anything else, they’re great at the appropriate time. Not every activity or decision will be best handled by a team. Sometimes a simple decision can get hopelessly bogged down because the entire team had to examine it at length instead of just one or two knowledgeable people.

Do you have a team making your choices?

Remember: Ultimately it’s the leader that puts her neck on the line.


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23. Hunters

Dangerous—and dangerous because their real goal is to “score”—to get another trophy (much the way a real hunter might). Sometimes predator/hunter types can perform perfectly well. But sometimes the obsession with being the best can paralyze an otherwise intelligent person.

Are you aware of the hunters around you?

Remember: Hunters can make the best leaders nothing more than a trophy.

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22. Do it by The Book

This very often is a product of a strongly regulated environment such as the military. “What you’re doing can’t be done!” they exclaim, “It’s not part of any standard operating procedure!” This sort of leader can have a particularly bad influence in a creative environment.

Are you book smart or street smart?

Remember: Books can’t teach everything there is to know.


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21. Knows everything—better than everyone else.

Some wonder if this is nothing more than a fake who’s too insecure to confront the reality that he can make mistakes like anyone else. The truth is most people can spot those who do know and those who only think they know.

And even if you know better—are you willing to let your followers learn?

Can you accept advice?

Remember: There is always someone who knows something we don’t.

Diploma


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