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Leadership advice from Darth Vader

Darth Vader # Obi-Wan Kenobi # Chewbacca
Creative Commons License photo credit: AdrianoIt

This is a Guest Post from Ben Lumley at Thebenlumley.com Ben is a super geek and motivational speaker, fighting evil forces and keeping you on the straight and narrow with your goals. If you want to find out more about his services click the link. If you’re interested in writing a guest post check our guidelines here.

It’s a little known fact but the renowned Dark Lord (Darth Vader) is branching out into the corporate training world. With the Galactic Empire falling on hard times, it was felt that, as an organisation, they had something to offer smaller businesses and even startups.

Being the super-geek that I am (I have the badge and everything!) I have been fortunate enough to receive some pre-training materials from their new “Leadership Skills for Dummies” and I thought I’d share the 3 key points here in my guest post this month.

WARNING!!!! It’s important to stress that you should only undertake these key Leadership Skills AFTER your training. I accept no responsibility for the response from your staff/teams should you try any of them before the course.

Turn your employees into faceless lemmings

If you’re managing a team of employees or even contractors, according to Darth Vader’s Leadership Skills for Dummies course, you should treat them like faceless emotionless lemmings who will simply do as they’re told. There’s no benefit for your business to have your workers being all high-spirited and independent. It’s much better for you if they just do your bidding so that you can ship on time or hit that deadline.

Darth Vader’s Dark Side Tip: Control Control Control. If that doesn’t work, buy them all outfits that cover them from head to toe.

Influence by mind control

As a true leader you need to influence your minions in order to get the best out of them. Everyone knows that right? Now this short course in Leadership Skills for Dummies won’t train you in Jedi Mind Tricks but you can practice a few simple mind games that will increase your teams productivity. These include…

  • Keep them second guessing by telling them one thing then expecting them to do another.
  • Dangle the carrot by offering incentives that never really are achievable.
  • Be offensive and rude to ensure they know they’re place.

Darth Vader’s Dark Side Tip: Treat ’em mean, keep ’em keen

Dress for Success

Nothing quite drives fear into the hearts and minds than a leader who oozes success and power. This course will show you how to use dark colour with striking shoulder lines to really rule over your team. The important rule to remember is that your dress as well as your demeanour should be one of intimidation and control. However you do that is really down to you but you must continue to control the masses to get the best results out of them.

Darth Vader’s Dark Side Tip: Dress in a similar outfit to your team but in black. Cape optional.

Now I need you to keep this on the down low for a while because I’ve not been allowed to share these details with you fully yet. When everything’s official I’ll share the sign-up details with Matthew and we’ll let you have our affliate link.

In the mean time, please enjoy this training video which demonstrates the core key leadership skills in action (contains strong language).

May the force be with you….

5 Comments »

  • El Edwards said:

    Awesome! I love posts like this Ben. They make me smile and keep me entertained while delivering important points. Great stuff! I don’t have an employees but I do interact with lots of people and these points (in reverse of course – but dont tell DV I said so. He’s one scary dude!) are important and valid for all relationships, not just the traditional employee/employer ones.

    Loved the video too. “But you’ll still need a tray!” hehehehe

  • Ben said:

    lol thanks El!

  • Sara said:

    OMG I often wondered what management course my boss had been on and now I know. There certainly are bosses like this in the real world and the most wonderful thing about being around them is learning how not to manage people if you want to get the best out of them! Great post ben – entertaining and thought provoking.

  • Matthew Needham said:

    HI Sara, thanks for the comment. That’s so funny. But sadly you’re spot on. Far too many managers have been on this course.

  • Ben said:

    Yup Sara, this is the course they’ve been on I’m afraid.

    Thanks for the kind words 🙂