February 01, 2012

stereotype of leaders

Yesterday, we mentioned about stereotype of leaders. Obviously, everyone is easy persuaded by others’ outfit. It is hard to image the chairman without formal dress while sitting in the meeting room. Personally, I believed that the first impression plays a vital role for attending some occasions.

However, being a leader should follow the stereotype or challenge this ordinary idea? We have seen many examples which demonstrating their leadership without material stuff. The personality is the reason why we recognized they are extraordinary. In other words, the internal characters are much more important than those equipments. I’m forward to seeing the leadership in the following weeks. Hopefully, I would have chance to realize more about this abstract concept.


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  1. Fotini Savva

    Well Jerry let me share with you a personal experience of mine. I was working for Red Bull for 4 years. My brand manager was coming at the office with “Metallica” t-shirts, he was taking off his shoes in the office and sometimes he was playing wii at the office. However, he was a really hard working person, he was the first coming at the office and the last leaving and as a third person I could see his influence on his employees and I could see how passionate they were with their work even when they were finding huge obstacles in their ways! So even if his appearance wasn’t the appropriate and what expected to be, his personal power was so powerful to make him an effective leader!!!

    01 Feb 2012, 15:45

  2. Oghenetega Inoni

    From my point of view, being a leader doesn’t mean you should follow the stereotype. knowing what leadership is about and being able to influence the activities of your followers is what is ideal. Dressing formally or informally might not really matter because being able to influence using personal power seems better than using positional power.

    01 Feb 2012, 16:15

  3. Oritseweyinmi Barber

    Well, there are leaders who have been able to overcome certain stereotypes, like I said in class yesterday, I do think that it is possible to overcome some stereotypes to a certain degree. Mark Zuckerberg does not look like a typical CEO, but his innovative abilities more than made up for it. i doubt he’d ever show up for a meeting in a suit and tie, but I don’t think that has ever prevented anyone from taking him seriously

    01 Feb 2012, 19:18


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