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A List Not About Leadership but About Leadership Lists

If you’re a frequent blogger you know that coming up with original material is not always leadership signeasy.  If you are a Tweeter, finding content about which to Tweet every 30 minutes is not so simple either.  So as you scour the web I’m sure you’ve encountered a few subjects that have been done to death.

For example, leadership lessons.  I love when I see lists on leadership lessons because I love to Tweet about them or post them in my Linkedin activity feed.  Unfortunately as I dig deeper into the content of what I’m posting on leadership perhaps all I really am accomplishing with my social posts is to pollute our cyberspace with the smog of overdone content.  Take a look at the recent posts below and you’ll understand of what I speak.

From Business Insider:

The one thing you need to know to be a great leader. 

Okay, if this is the one thing I need to know then I can stop here and never read another leadership list from Business Insider again right?

There are a Few Core Leadership Skills That are Mandatory

Wait a second! This says there are a few leadership skills, not just one!  What gives?

9 Leadership Traits to Look for In New Hires

Hold up! Now I don’t need to look for just “one thing” in my new hires nor a few but nine?

Bloomberg Chairman: Why the “And” Factor is the Real Key to Great Leadership.

The “And” factor?  So this is truly the real key to leadership right?  It isn’t the “one thing” in the first list, the few in the second or the nine in the third correct?  Please stop messing with me!


6 Surprisingly Useful Leadership lessons from the VMAs.

So evidently Miley Cyrus and Lady GaGa must know about the “And” factor.  Who knew they were so business savvy?

5 Leadership Tips for Introverts

Screw you extroverts, you don’t get a list!

The Most Important Leadership Skill You’ll Ever Learn

I’d raise hell on this one but technically this is the most important “skill” and not “lesson”.  I’ve got my eyes on you though Inc.

5 Classic Movies, 5 Leadership Lessons

What? “Go to the mattresses” didn’t make the cut?  What kind of list is this?!

10 President’s Day Leadership Lessons

Wow even federal holidays are teaching us about leadership!

Between Venus and Mars: 7 Traits of True Leaders

Oh, here we go!  This list is for “true” leaders, not all you posers reading the other lists.


5 timeless leadership lessons

When you go to this post they actually have a link pointing to additional leadership lessons from Machiavelli.  When you click the Machiavelli link it provides yet another link to more leadership lessons learned from growing up in New York.  Machiavelli grew up in New York?

Leadership Lessons from Meryl Streep

I love you Iron Lady but I don’t believe you sanctioned this list.

Leadership Lessons from Alaska Airlines

I’m a human so I don’t think planes can teach me anything about leadership.

From Forbes:

5 Leadership Lessons: Listen, Learn, Lead

Five, but the headline lists only three?

3 Juicy Leadership Lessons from….Boardgames?

How about this for a lesson, DON’T buy Baltic Avenue!

The Big Lesson About Leadership from Steve Jobs?

This isn’t one lesson, the key lesson, or the most important lesson, it’s the BIG lesson!

Leadership Lessons from LeBron James – 2013 Version

The 2013 version? Crap, I’m still using LeBron’s 2012 lessons!  No wonder I got no game in the office!

Miracle on the Mississippi: 10 Leadership Lessons from Helena

Okay, I’m gonna have to draw the line on taking leadership lessons from a city.

For the record I love visiting every one of these publications online.  I just wanted to paint a picture for you of the leadership madness occurring online.  Now I’m off to write a new post, “Eight leadership lessons from Dom Deluise.”  Stay tuned!

About The Author

Ryder Cullison

Ryder has more than 10 years of experience working with retained search clients as a search professional. As a pioneer of Interview4 he has great knowledge of video interviewing. He writes about all things hiring and looks forward to engaging with his audience on topics of leadership, recruiting, candidate screening, and employee satisfaction. Follow him on Twitter: @hireintelligent and @cullison1

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