Of course not, everybody knows me by Bill or Billy even though my given name is William Kenneth. But from what I have been reading online and if it’s true, it appears it will be necessary to change my name if I want to find true success. Apparently some think being a Dick is the path to A-list status and beyond.
I have been told ‘you don’t know Dick‘ before, but actually I do know Dick, and Jack too BTW; they both are actually stand-up guys. Personally, I think it’s a pretty bold statement going through life as a Dick instead of Richard or Rick…….but that’s just me…….
A Dick by any other name
A couple of
gurus ‘experts’ have proclaimed it’s necessary to be a Dick if you want to stand out in social or be a leader. I would have linked one of those posts, but it’s not my style to call someone out so you will just have to take my word for it. Trust me, you probably know who they are.
Anyway, the gist of the post was apparently you can’t be a Sam or an Ed to be successful, but the best model was to be a Dick. If you are a Dick, then friends don’t matter anyway because they will just slow you down; you can write anything you want regardless of the collateral damage; and no need to worry faking being ‘social’ in social, it’s just a waste of time.
But if you were Sam or Ed and tried to change your name to Dick don’t you think people will see right through that? I mean, if you are not born a Dick, do you really think you can become one just by showing up and saying now you are one?
Dick’s make the best leaders
What challenges will HR have if a company advertises for the CEO position and it clearly states only Dick’s can apply. And this goes back to changing your name; do we have potential litigation here if someone felt they were forced become a Dick, just so they would be considered for the position?
The best leaders don’t have to be buddies with their work force, but do they really have to be a Dick?
My experience has been the best leaders are in touch with their employees, they have the right management team assembled that is able to not only get people on the bus but get them in the right seat as well, and they have the right culture starting at the top. It’s more about fairness and consistency than being a Dick.
Dick-less traits of a good leader
- A good leader has integrity and exemplary character
- A good leader is enthusiastic about their work and their company
- A good leader is confidant and committed to excellence
- A good leader is dedicated
- A good leader will give credit where credit is due
- A good leader is fair and leads with humility
- A good leader is creative and open to different ideas
- A good leader has a sense of humor