Leadership Horror Stories

There are plenty of horror story compilations on ghosts, goblins and monsters, but what about all those leadership horror stories? Here are some of the greatest Leadership Horrors of all time:

 

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]

Headless Horseman w/ Pumpkin Head
Headless Horseman, CC license by Josh Gross

Headless Horseman

In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the headless horseman is the ghost of a decapitated soldier who seeks his head and is willing to take yours, as a substitute. The leader horror story is much the same. A leader who lacks ideas and thoughts of his own, may turn to taking the heads of others instead. Headless Horseman Leaders seek to defame, destroy and tear down others as a means of making themselves look better.

[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]

Zombie Girl with Knife in Head
Zombie, CC License by aeviin

Zombie Leader

Zombies are the classic walking dead. In fiction, these undead are animated for the sole purpose of feeding on human flesh. Zombie Leaders are trapped between an inability to move on to the next life (a promotion) and an unwillingness to do the work of the previous life (direct reports). As a result, Zombie Leaders are also walking dead – useless to the organization while  seeking to feed on the production of others.

[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]

Screaming Banshee - Female Ghost
Banshee, CC License by Frozen Poltergeist

Shrieking Banshee

In fictional horror, the Banshee is typically a female ghost who’s whaling shrieks frighten, harm or even kill their victims. Often mistaken for a seagull manager, the Shrieking Banshee Leader believes yelling and screaming will change the outcome. These individuals often lose control of their tempers and emotions as they spew angry remarks and attacks on victims.

[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]

Werewolf Howling
Werewolf, CC License by Phil Renaud

Werewolf

The Werewolf in literature is a man or woman that changes into a wolf during a full moon. They prowl the night seeking human victims for dinner. The Werewolf Leader becomes a monster every time a particular issue comes up. For fear of becoming their next victim, team members cower in fear until the issue has passed. The Werewolf Leader can not be confronted on this issue, so it goes unresolved.

[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]

Screaming Vampire with Fangs
Vampire, CC License by Sandra Falkevik

Vampire

Vampires are night crawling blood suckers afraid of daylight. Often defending himself in a sexual harassment lawsuit, the Vampire Leader is not unlike the Werewolf, in that certain conditions change their nature. However, unlike the Werewolf Leader, who becomes a raging monster, the Vampire Leader hides from their issues. When a tough decision must be made, the Vampire Leader is often nowhere to be found.

[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]

Exorcist
Exorcist, CC License by Bob Bekian

So what do you do when faced with a ghoul of demonic proportions like these Leadership Horror Stories? You exorcise the demons by eliminating the horrific leadership principles and introducing servant leadership, of course!

Question: Which is the biggest Leadership Horror of all? What other Leadership Horrors do you know?[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email
Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Content

Martin Luther King – Celebration of a Servant Leader

Martin Luther King is among the greatest Servant Leaders this world has ever seen. His vision, leadership and ultimate sacrifice blazed a path for millions. There are many great posts, videos and other references that remind us of his vision and social injustices he would fight still today. Below are some of my favorites.

MSL Founder, Ben Lichtenwalner wears a Santa hat in a Christmas-decorated room, with snow falling outside and a simmering fire in the fireplace.

The Servant-Leader’s Night Before Christmas

Okay, you asked for it, here’s my personal reading of an old favorite: The SERVANT-LEADER’S Night Before Christmas. I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful Christmas with friends, family, and loved ones.

Scroll to Top
We Value Your Privacy

This site uses cookies to enhance your experience. We do not share, sell, or lease your information for any other purpose.