Why we are so disappointed in our leaders?
We expect leaders to possess superhuman strengths, clairvoyance, sound judgment, integrity and charisma that most of us may personally lack. We are quick to criticize and become disappointed when those above us on the organization chart fail to meet these expectations.
As an antidote, there are tens of thousands of books and articles that give advice to those leaders to promote our fantasies of what leaders should be.
Yet today’s leader’s impact on behavior (as evidenced by the general level of leadership in corporations and the government) demonstrate that thee intended improvements from books and training have failed to materialize.
In short, despite the investment of billions of dollars each year on leadership development, the needle has failed to move much.
Rather than continuing to be disappointed on such a massive scale, perhaps we should develop a more effective set…
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