So yeah, I am going to bag on Donald in a roundabout way. It is just too easy.
Within the current scope of politics in Washington, D.C. we are receiving a textbook study in bad leadership. It has become a daily event to see at what level there is some initiative or policy put forth in half-assed fashion. Fashion by which you are left asking, “Seriously?” It moves on to you asking, “Were we really this hard up for change?”
I will take this opportunity to toot my horn (toot!). I called this mess out over two years ago. Check out my take below if you want.
However, back to my point. We know this. So, when leadership goes south in any environment – business, church, family, sports – the question that must be asked never changes. What the hell happened and why?
There are some reasons leaders fail. They have been well documented and come from valid sources occupying think tanks and bar stools across America. Here are a few for your perusal.
“How could you not see this coming?”
Seems to be a popular question when things go south. Look, you and I both can second-guess as good as the next person in line. However, when you are sitting in a meeting and that certain someone is saying costs are out of control, it is hard not to look back at last quarter. Last quarter when you and everyone else in the room looked at expenditures and said, “I guess we have got that kind of money…” Guess again. Call this a lack of anticipation. It is common in organizations where either a leader is too eager to please or too excited about the possibilities of a policy decision. So no time is spent looking for the unexpected outcome. Just the beauty of this new shiny object. Yeah, fools do rush in.
“Just because you fly in an airplane, doesn’t mean you can fly an airplane.”
When a leader steps outside the depth and breadth of his or her capabilities, hang on for the ride. It is a logical move on the part of a leader to partner up with and accept input from the circle of intellect chosen to surround them, right? Kind of. When leaders tend to wholly entrust those experts to make the decisions and deliver the message, things can get a bit wonky. Now add the fact the person in charge may have a limited practical expertise in the concept or process being presented (yes, this happens). How well can they even determine what works and what doesn’t?
Hold on a sec. Beck’s “Gamma Ray” is playing in my headphones and I’m gonna spin around in my chair.
Thanks for hanging in there.
“So let me get this straight. You put the lime in the coconut?” Great, hell even good, leaders understand that alignment to a strategy defines your intent. When there is no clear strategy every answer looks good. All solutions will work. And that my friends is called a circle… You have to admit it had all the makings of a decent rhyme.
Many leaders fall prey to these missteps primarily due to not being able to move on from past behavioral patterns. It is their habit loop and only some good coaching is going to change any of that. They are incapable of learning new and progressive ways to address the process of running the business. And in some cases the process of being a proper steward to the needs of those who look to them for a solution. The true belief that brings a sense of comfort and stability to their lives. At work and at home.