Many individuals have the strong desire to become leaders, managers or supervisors. Some have the natural talent or ability to lead, whilst others learn through practice or by the process of mentoring. This post will highlight several tactics used to control, lead, mislead, rule, entrap, govern, drive fear into subordinates or to get dedicated followers. I have seen quite a few of these strategies used in the workplace however, based on my christian principles I disagree with the principles posted below as they can have severe adverse effects on not only the user of the tactic but also their subordinates.
Knowledge is power folks. We live in a world where many leaders see their team members as pawns in a game of chess. In your desire to obtain control and to become a leader, keep in mind that at the end of our race in life we will all be held accountable for our actions and that there is a thing called karma.
History has shown where many men who act like Gods eventually fall from grace. So before you wish to have leadership responsibilities, first think about the type of leader that you would like to be as well as the kind you would not want to become. Make a note and do frequent evaluations to see if you are achieving your goal seek feedback then you can celebrate your leadership success. Whatever you do remember that while man may not see your actions our Heavenly Father does and he has stated in his word that he hates oppression. Happy reading. At the end of the topic I will quote all the sources as I do not want to spoil the element of surprise just yet.
Feel free to comment, discuss and share this blog. Let us know what you think about the principle (pros and cons) and recommend alternative strategies to the approach listed so that users know there are other available options. So, here goes:
“Never Outshine the Master”
“Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite – inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.”
Summation 1 :
Everyone has insecurities. Showing your talents can naturally stir up all kinds of resentment, envy and other manifestations of insecurity. Although you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others you must take a different approach with those above you, as those above you want to feel secure in their positions and seem superior in intelligence, wit and charm.
Displaying your gifts and talents may not win you the master’s affection as he may feign appreciation yet, when the opportunity comes he will replace you with someone less threatening, less attractive or less intelligent. Note: you can outshine some masters by simply being yourself. So remember never take your position for granted and don’t let favors go to your head. Discreetly flatter and puff up your master.
Act naive, seek his expertise. Ascribe your creative ideas to your master in public. Be careful to not block his radiance from others. It is not a weakness to disguise your strengths if it will lead to power. By letting others outshine you, you will remain in control rather than being a victim of their insecurity. If you make your master shine in the eyes of others you are a godsend and will be promoted,
There can only be one sun at at time. Be selectively cruel. If your superior is a falling star do not fear outshining him. Do not be merciful. If he is weak discreetly hasten his downfall: Outdo, outcharm, outsmart him at key moments. If he is weak let nature take its course. Do not outshine a feeble superior as it may appear cruel. Be patient as his power will eventually fade.
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Controversial Leadership Principle#2
“Play to People’s Fantasies”
“The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes from disenchantment. Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oasis in the desert: Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses.”