Could someone please tell me what I am missing in the following argument. Either my understanding of the exact statement of Ado's theorem is wrong, or there is a flaw in my argument below.

For a finite dimensional Lie algebra ${\bf g}$ consider the adjoint representation $\phi:{\bf g}\rightarrow {\bf gl}\left({\bf g}\right); \phi\left(X\right)={\bf ad}_X$. We have $\ker\left(\phi\right)={\cal z}\left({\bf g}\right)$ the centre of ${\bf g}$, so we can think of ${\bf g}$ as the direct sum $\left({\bf g} / {\cal z}\left({\bf g}\right)\right) \bigoplus {\cal z}\left({\bf g}\right)$ of the matrix Lie algebra of little ad matrices and the centre ${\cal z}\left({\bf g}\right)$. But then, suppose the centre is m-dimensional; since Abelian it can be represented as the algebra of $m\times m$ diagonal matrices. So the whole Lie algebra can be realised as the algebra of block-diagonal matrices of the form:

$\left(\begin{array}{cc}{\bf ad}_X & {\bf 0} \\\\ {\bf 0} & {\bf \Lambda}\end{array}\right)$

where ${\bf \Lambda}$ is an $m\times m$ diagonal matrix.

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