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Dominant leaders: good or bad?

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13.06.2019

I was informed recently by numerous colleagues, after a few drinks when they were feeling more relaxed than usual, that they find me intimidating. That, as a leader, many people find me intimidating. And that, before they call to ask me anything, they’re double-checking and triple-checking, and even calling each other to make sure they can’t ascertain the answer for themselves.

Are your staff intimated by you?Credit:Wavebreak Media ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

It’s not at all because I get angry or frustrated or express any sense of inconvenience, but simply because of a perception I must not be disturbed; that I’m – to use their words – “too important”. This is not something I admit with even the slightest level of boastfulness but it’s certainly something I’ve been reflecting on ever since, mostly because any emotion even remotely related to fear should never be something anyone feels at work. It isn’t something a leader should be proud of.

I’ve come to the realisation I’m being indirectly described as a dominant leader, as someone who makes “tough, fast, unilateral........

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