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10 Leadership Lessons We Can All Learn From You-Know-Who (Lord Voldemort)

10 Leadership Lessons We Can All Learn From You-Know-Who (Lord Voldemort)

Okay, this might be a little controversial, so point your wand away from my heart and just listen for a second.

There’s a little bit of credit we’ve gotta give You-Know-Who.

Despite his deep passion for radical eugenics and world domination, Voldemort was an excellent leader. He banded many witches and wizards together to follow a pretty disgusting cause that would serve nobody but himself. And that’s pretty impressive.

Hear me out, my magical friends.

***Disclaimer: This article is in no way promoting hateful acts towards Muggles, Dark Magic (including, but not limited to, the use of any of the Unforgivable Curses), or general acts of terrorism on the wizarding world.***

1. He never gave up.

You-Know-Who was probably the most persistent dude ever. He didn’t let a little roadblock (like almost dying and then losing his physical body, rendering him a mere spirit-esque thing forced to live underneath a neurotic professor’s turban) get in his way of trying to dominate the world.

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2. He always had a back-up plan.

Somebody tried to kill him? No worries, he’s got a Horcrux. Somebody destroyed that Horcrux? No worries, he’s got five more (plus another accidental one – sucks for you, Harry!).

Voldy expected that there would be obstacles – and that’s why he always had a back-up plan. Don’t split your soul into seven pieces or anything, but definitely consider what could be the metaphorical Harry Potter in your plan and start creating those metaphorical Horcruxes.

3. He utilized a team.

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named knew very well that he needed a team. After all, one Dark Lord can’t abolish all Muggle-borns on his own, you know?

If you have a big dream, you’re going to need a dream team. Get yourself some Death Eaters of your own – that is, some like-minded people who are as passionate about your dream as you are. Except maybe treat them a little better than he does. Give them some encouragement and don’t threaten to kill their families or anything.

Though in Voldemort’s defense, he did enjoy giving the occasional awkward hug to show his affections.

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    *cringe*
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    4. He delegated.

    Some people develop a team, but then insist on doing everything themselves. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named knew that in order to maintain his fearful status, he needs to delegate tasks to other members of the team. After all, that’s what a team is for.

    However, having a few tasks in particular that you keep close to your heart is totally normal.

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      5. He was an excellent planner.

      Voldemort was an impressive planner. That whole Triwizard Tournament thing? Wowza. (Miss you, Cedric. Always.)

      After all, if Voldemort just waltzed into Hogwarts (never mind the fact that he technically couldn’t have, not having a body and all), he would not have become the grand death-defying dude he did.

      In order to be a good leader, you need to meet with your team and strategize. Come up with a good plan, months, even years ahead, and make it known that you are fierce and have got all your wits about you.

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      6. He dreamed big.

      Whenever you’re trying to lead your team to victory, and you start to feel like your end goal is impossible, just remember that you’re not aiming to rid the human race of all Muggle blood while ruling the world under your fierce, unwavering tyranny. Your goal will start to feel a whole lot more attainable.

      7. He had conviction…and a lot of it.

      “It is the quality of one’s convictions that determines success, not the number of followers.”

      We all know that Remus Lupin was the one to say that (and he was directly talking about You-Know-Who himself), but let’s be real here: if Voldemort wasn’t full of conviction, I don’t know who is. Even Dumbledore had a lot of self-doubt hidden under that beautiful white beard of his. Voldemort, on the other hand, believed every word he said – and his conviction certainly convinced quite a few folks.

      As a leader, you have to believe in what you say. You have to truly know you’re capable, with all of your dark, decrepit heart.

      8. He presented himself well.

      Voldemort was a pretty great public speaker. He possessed quite a bit of charisma, which he was well known for as a youth at Hogwarts. It was that charisma that helped him to gather such a loyal following of evil, terrible, mostly-Slytherin minions.

      Conviction goes hand in hand with good presentation. To be a good leader, you’ve got to look and act the part. And when I say “look,” I don’t at all mean you need to adhere to any ridiculous body standards. After all, if you have a nose, you already one-upped The Dark Lord. Congratulations.

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        9. He had his own style.

        Voldemort had his own personal brand that never wavered. It generally had to do with dark colors and skulls and snakes; not exactly my thing, but hey, it worked for him (well, up to a point), and it kept his team unified. I don’t think the Death Eaters would have continued to support him so strongly if he suddenly exchanged their hooded cloaks with fedoras and plaid flannel shirts.

        Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Find out your own leadership style, and own it.

        10. He was creative.

        Tom Marvolo Riddle. I Am Lord Voldemort. Creativity at its creepiest.

        Let’s also not forget the interesting ways he managed to survive multiple times, i.e. unicorn blood and turbans.

        To be a successful leader, you have to think outside the cupboard under the stairs. Obstacles will come, and it may not seem like there is a way around them, but there will be a solution, sure as Dumbledore’s love for socks.

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          6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

          6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

          Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

          Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

          What to have for dinner tonight?

          Which route to take to work?

          How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

          How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

          Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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          No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

          Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

          Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

          Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

          Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

          How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

          Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

          You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

          When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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          1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

          Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

          I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

          2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

          5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

          By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

          For example:

          If the problem is “always late to work”…

          • Why am I late to work?
            I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
          • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
            I feel so tired in the morning.
          • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
            I slept late the night before, that’s why.
          • Why did I sleep late?
            I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
          • Why did I drink coffee?
            Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

          So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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          3. Simplify Things

          As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

          Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

          4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

          Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

          Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

          Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

          5. Think Laterally

          Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

          ‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

          Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

          Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

          6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

          Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

          Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

          The Bottom Line

          There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

          Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

          Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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          So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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          Reference

          [1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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