There’s a dark cloud that looms large over the corporate landscape. It consumes countless careers and lives with its voracious appetite for profit and power. It leaves in its wake walking wounded who bear the scars of broken dreams and shattered relationships.
Cloaked in apathy and steeped in fear, they roam the halls like corporate zombies desperately searching for a purpose to call their own.
A menace to productivity, and the sworn enemy of the greater good, the name of this dark cloud is Executive Anarchy.
It’s what happens when Leaders don’t lead and place their own selfish desire for power and profit above the needs of their team. They commoditize and dehumanize their people to unprecedented levels until many are compelled to leave.
Those that remain are apathetic to their environment, and indifferent to the outcomes they produce. Their only focus, their own safety and survival.
Who are these so-called Leaders?
How did they get there?
What’s the solution? – PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT
In order to lead human beings we must start by being human ourselves. Our teams aren’t commodities or investments. By truly connecting with them, enlightened leaders can make a real difference in the lives and careers of their teams.
When teams have a leader they trust, who shares their vision, and is truly looking out for their well-being, they become more loyal and release their discretionary effort. They engage and perform at a higher level because they want to, not because they have to.
Engaged teams innovate more; they produce better quality products and are more collaborative. They begin to care about the company, its customers, and the outcomes they produce, leading to increased efficiency, enhanced output, and ultimately, higher profits.
This is more than rhetoric. Studies CONFIRM that effective leadership leads to team engagement, and team engagement is directly linked to higher profits.
“You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
A message to Leaders: It’s OK!
A call to action.
This is not a condemnation of any and all corporate infrastructure. It is however, an indictment of exploitative behaviors wherever they exist. We can no longer look the other way. It’s time to stop being passive participants in the injustices all around us.
It’s a roadmap for professional and personal success, and even profit, without the need for exploitation. It’s also a call to arms for those that demand change and have the courage to play an active role in its execution.
Now is the time for aspiring Leaders to step up and take the Lead to truly make a difference in the lives of their teams. You don’t need anyone’s permission or a fancy title to be a Leader. You do need the desire to serve others, the courage to right the wrongs of yesterday, the integrity to do what is right today, and the voice to share your vision for a better tomorrow.
Do you agree? Let me know about your encounters with Executive Anarchy or how you think you can make a difference.
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