I received a text from a woman I work with. It said, “Unless you are violently opposed, I think I will….”
We had earlier discussed a choice she had to make and among the options was the choice she made and then reported to me via her text.
I texted back saying that I thought it was the right decision and then added, “By the way, I don’t think I have ever been violently opposed to anything.”
A couple of days later I discovered I was wrong.
I was having lunch with another colleague who shared with me what was happening in an organization for whom we both used to work.
Upon hearing of the decisions that those in leadership were making, and the resulting impact, I felt a reaction rise up within me that could only be described as “violent.”
I realized right there in the restaurant that day that I truly am violently opposed to something. It’s called “crappy leadership.”
I would use a different adjective but you’re probably new to this blog and I don’t want to take the chance of offending you so quickly. But certainly, you can imagine what I’m thinking.
The longer I live and the more I work with organizations of different shapes, sizes, and flavors, the more I run into “crappy leadership.” And, quite frankly, the more it angers me.
It occurs everywhere. Locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. You can’t escape, it seems, the presence and impact of crappy leadership.
Please don’t misconstrue my point.
Crappy leadership is everywhere. But so is creative, capable, intentional, and effective leadership.
It’s the latter I wish to promote and hold up for all to see, respect, and emulate. It’s the former to which I am “violently opposed.”
Not violent in that I wish to cause them physical harm, although I must admit I would love to “slap them on the side of their head.”
I mean violent in that I would love to point them out and shout from the rooftops, “Don’t do that!!”
I have seen too much crappy leadership to have any other reaction.
I have been the recipient of too much crappy leadership to let it go unnoticed. I have subjected others to too much of my own crappy leadership to not try to make a difference.
That’s really the point of this new blog. I believe that every individual, leader, and organization can grow and get better. That’s why I write. I want all of us to get better.
That’s also why I serve as a coach and consultant to leaders and organizations.
While I have been the recipient of crappy leadership (and done my own fair share of it), I have also sat at the feet of absolutely wonderful and powerful leaders and seen what happens when effective and exceptional leadership is let loose.
That’s my goal, in both my own leadership and yours. Stay tuned as we journey towards excellence and effectiveness together.