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Understanding Zombie Leadership

As I work furiousness to complete the first installment in my Zombie PM series, which I plan to release at the end of March, I’m also working on my presentation for the Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference, which I will be appearing at in April.  Both are linked in an interesting way.  What do you think is the opposite of Servant-Leadership?  You guessed right: Zombie Leadership.

Zombie Leadership Grid
The figure above will be included in the Zombie PM series and perhaps my presentation in Michigan.  Though servant-leadership is altruistic in nature, zombies are their own special classification.  They are beyond the polar opposite of an altruist.  Even the worst of egotists are no match for the zombie.    I can’t even include them on the chart!  So, I had to change this classic chart.   Everyone wants to know their place in the world.  I’m sure zombies are no exception.  Oh, who am I kidding!?

 

About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of Enterprise Engagements at LeadingAgile. I'm super focused on results. But I also take the hand waving out of organizational transformations. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

3 Responses to “Understanding Zombie Leadership”

  1. March 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Epic. Love the font!

    • Anonymous
      March 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Couldn’t have done it with out you. Agile Scout is a perfect resource for both Agile information AND the cool graphics and fonts.

  2. Anonymous
    March 16, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Paul, this diagram is limited to the graphical representation of ethical theories based on self-interest versus interest for others. I got it from my notes from a leadership class I took at AMU. I understand there are many dimensions to leadership. This is just one slice I wanted to illustrate. Please feel free to use the graph. I hope throwing the zombie metaphor in there helps people understand it more.

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