Somewhere, sometime, someone figured out that if you want to appear on the cutting edge of hip, high energy, innovative startup leadership, you have to be a foul mouthed jerk. In fact, jerkism seems to be celebrated in large events and a lot of media. Perhaps it’s because Level 5 leaders are not the kind that get invited to speak at entrepreneurial conferences. Perhaps jerks portray the type of take-no-prisoner personality some believe it takes to successfully launch and grow a company.
I paid for a webinar once. It was branded as a great chance to meet the founder of a super successful social media startup. The introductions were quick and soon it became a contest between the interviewer and the founder as to who could get in the most f-bombs.
No one likes to work for a jerk. No ones want’s to be in business with a jerk. No one really wants to invest in a jerk.
You can be determined, focused and to the point without thumping everyone’s nose with your arrogance. Express yourself as you see fit but realize you won’t get there by yourself. Eventually you will have more zombies than you can hide in your basement.
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