Let’s Be a Bad Leader.

Stress comes with jobs, school, and life in general. Everyone deals with it in different ways. But, how as leaders or professors do you prevent people from getting anxiety or stressed? I guess the way I really want to write this as a what not to do, or if you want to be a bad leader or professor then you should do these things:

Talk extremely loudly in a quiet and attentive environment.

If your class is listening to you, then there is no need to speak at an extremely high volume. It will make you sound angry or anxious. It will make it seem like you are yelling at your class in a negative way over something that may not be negative.

Talk fast and in circles.

Come to a meeting with a plan, a to do list. Go through the items that are expected in this meeting, what is due next meeting, and what would be nice to have. The idea is to have a plan, stick to the plan, and communicate the plan in an orderly fashion. The more you ramble and jumble things up, the more likely things will get lost in translation.

Do not ruin a teaching moment by claiming a students project to be your own.

I had a teacher who would draw on my drawings so much that by the end I could not tell if the drawing was more their drawing or my own. As a professor you should be leading me and teaching me the skills to get to the great solution. Do not give us the answer. Do not get mad at us when we choose to not follow through with your idea.

A great leader allows others to take the ownership of their own greatness -Owen Foster, Chief of Student Affairs at Aether Global Learning
A sign of a poor leader/ teacher / mentor is that they only concentrate on personal glory and advancement and not the ones they are guiding. — Owen Foster

Fight the current.

Plans need to be made with the idea that 80% accuracy is okay. If the baby-step-things take a little longer then it takes longer. The class knows when the final project is due. They know what is expected of them. If the class feels they need an extra class to do concepts before the midterm, it is okay.

Have Hidden agendas

“Hidden agendas and telling me what to do without telling me why. That type of communication lets me know that the leader is not open to feedback and does not value my contributions as a worker. I am a big fan of servant leadership. AKA, you’re not about any position. So abusing your power and position to overload others and discrediting yourself but not putting your best forward,” -Ben Bush, Professor of Industrial Design at SCAD.

Gossip about your teammates.

Everyone needs to vent, I understand it. The worst thing you can do is vent or gossip or complain about your team or your students. If you are the leader and need to vent, vent to people who are unrelated to the project. I had a professor say a lot of mean things about students to other students who were all on one team. It is unprofessional. End of story.

Constantly be negative.

Telling someone their idea is shit and not being able to back it up is the worst thing you can do. Do not walk into a room and only have negative comments. It will bring the moral of the team down and the productivity down. End each meeting with positive notes…you are the leader…inspire people.

Show your anxiety.

It is a lot of work and stress to be a leader of a team or a professor of a class. But coming into meetings and panicking, does nothing but bring the team or class down and cause a lot of confusion.

Know that you are the best.

No matter who you are, or what your credentials are, you are never the smartest in the room because someone always knows something you do not, they have different experiences as you. Even if you’re a professor, you are/ should always be learning.

“ I would assume I am the smartest person in the room,’ in my opinion, that is the worst thing any leader can do.” -John McCabe, CAO of Aether Global Learning
“Terrible leaders do not ask for other people’s opinions or feedback and are under the illusion that they can do everything themselves.” -Oscar Elmendorf, Service Design student at SCAD

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