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The volumes of books, articles, qualifications, courses, seminars spent considering the actions and styles of leaders and managers is beyond imagining. Loot’s insightful prose capture the themes so succinctly and powerfully they should be on a recommended reading list for us all.

Dictate or another trait?
Belligerence, fortitude, stubbornness and greed
Are these necessary traits for one to succeed?
Empathy, understanding, forgiveness and honesty
Are these a model for life lived more modestly?

Duplicity, bombasticity, dominance and neurosis
Perhaps ultimate tell-tales for the insanely precocious?
As for politeness, conviction, diligence and clarity
Are these traits preferable, providing greater parity?

Consider your actions and the shadow you cast
Not everything has to be victory, achieved fast
For by bullying, pushing, you will disfranchise
Enemies will hold a grudge whatever your size

So all you alpha males out there please take heed
Your blooming flower may be choked by weed
By winning a single battle you may lose the war
Because someone out there always keeps score


More people are writing and thinking about work based poetry. Does this poem make you think of anything? Send your thoughts to editor@organisationalpoetry.co.uk

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This poem is narrated by Lorraine Ansell, a British female voiceover professional.

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