Thursday, May 29, 2008

Leadership Is Tough

Morocco. Alone in the sahara desert.
Originally uploaded by marek.wykowski

Leadership is tough. It is tougher in an organization that wouldn't know leadership if it jumped up and bit them on the nose. I work in such a place (not the consulting company, the day job). Here are some of the things I am learning here:

  • People who are not in charge of their own emotions should never be given responsibility for others.
  • Public humiliation is no way to lead OR manage.
  • The golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," applies every day in every interaction.
  • "Old School Managers" are Neanderthals that should be relegated to sad examples of how not to lead.
  • Respect is earned over a long time of consistently right behaviors and lost in a second of bad behavior.
  • Butt smootchers are the same everywhere. Sad, pathetic, and pitiful. A cowardly group all.

My resolve to lead the right way, through correct principles and values, remains strong.

You need to stay strong, especially when your core values are challenged; even when you are criticized for doing what you believe.'s tough. Most things worth doing are.

1 comment:

Terri said...

Have I ever told you how much I admire you? Even if you weren't my husband I would still think that you were quite a man... a real man, honorable, strong and smart.

I am so blessed to have you in my life!