6 Leadership Lessons from Dracula

Last weekend Stephanie has been to Bucharest, to share the stage with great professionals and give her Keynote “Leadership Lessons From Evil Characters” at the International Project Leadership Conference IPLC 2018 from PMI Romania (please see the line up below).

As beautiful Romania is also the land of Dracula, we thought it would be appropriate to pick him next for our little “leadership lessons learnt” series! Are you ready for the lovely vampire with the good manners?

1 Make a clear introduction

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Leadership Lessons from Dracula GIF source: media.giphy.com

Although chances are high that people know Dracula and he clearly has a reputation to be well-known, he still introduces himself friendly but firmly to new visitors. He doesn’t have an attitude or expect others to know him from pictures or social media.

2 Make people feel welcome

 

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Leadership Lessons from Dracula GIF source: media.giphy.com

 

No matter if you have a new member joining your team or you are waiting for your employee to enter your office for a 1-2-1 – you can be kind. Even as a leader! Or I probably should say especially as a leader. I guess the ages have passed by where authority and power by title made a great impression. In the new ages we like to follow people that care – about a cause or us.
Human beings need to belong. We have tribes. The workplace is our tribe. We want to be accepted and the office a place we trust – with a leader who is worth trusting. And a bit friendliness and good manners ain’t hurt nobody. Make a difference an through kindness around like Confetti.

3 Be a good listener – listen to understand

 

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Leadership Lessons from Dracula GIF source: media.giphy.com

 

Great leaders listen and are interested in what others have to say! Great leaders want their teams to speak up – otherwise they will be surrounded by people who simply zoom out. Therefore they still get honest feedback – no matter how high up in the hierarchy because they built trusting and enabling workplaces.They understand that having different personalities, competencies and perspectives – basically diversity in a nutshell – is a massive advantage that sparks creativity and greatness. The best leaders know when to shut up. Amazing leaders don’t think their time, opinion and talks are the most important. Certainly, they leaders don’t lead with suggestive questions and try to cheaply manipulate their employees.  Great leaders listen to understand, not to answer!

 

4 Know your own limitations

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Leadership Lessons from Dracula GIF source: media.giphy.com

 

Our favourite vampire Dracula is not too keen on either garlic, nor sunlight nor crosses. He knows it’s harmful for him. Dracula knows his limitations. Do you know yours?

 

5 Nothing wrong with a signature look – for the value of recognition

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Leadership Lessons from Dracula GIF source: media.giphy.com

 

6 Never underestimate a good rest

Leadership Lessons from Dracula GIF source: media.giphy.com

Leadership Lessons from Dracula GIF source: media.giphy.com

 

As mentioned above, Dracula is not too keen on sunlight. In fact, he avoids it completely. Great for two reasons: 1. he doesn’t get sunburned and naturally reduces the risk for skin cancer, 2. he gets enough sleep.

Dracula clearly is a Night Owl. Do you know your very own circadian rhythm? Circadian rhythm is your body clock that helps you understand when to sleep, eat and be productive. If this gets mixed up our bodies suffer. That’s why shift work can be tricky.

Great leaders know their circadian rhythm and understand that not everyone is on the same productively schedule. They use their circadian rhythm to balance out rest and high performance.

 

Any more leadership lessons from Dracula you’d like to add?

For more leadership lessons learnt from evil characters we’d recommend you Leadership Lessons from Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Darth Vader and Harley Quinn, Joker’s girlfriend.

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