On a separate occasion, the VP suspected a few housekeepers were pilfering cleaning supplies from the company. The VP spent nearly 10 full days personally reviewing surveillance tapes to catch them in the act. Should he have asked the security staff to investigate – probably, especially since he never found solid evidence of theft. Was this the best use of his time - probably not. I view this VP as an example of a less-than-good boss. A poor leader to be sure. I think most of the employees had the same opinion. The VP served as an example of what not to do as a leader.
So, why does this matter?
- This VP served as one data point on what not to do as a leader
- Employees were less than enthusiastic about working in this group since they have a lack of clarity on what is important
- The VP represented the face of the organization to the rest of the staff which put the reputation of the company in question
- People behave and respond based on how they are treated – you as the leader set the tone of the work environment
- The leader is the single most important factor in creating and maintaining an engaged workforce
- Focusing on the success of famous CEO’s may not serve you well since those in the C-suite have different motivations than most – pattern your skills based on leadership research
- Being or becoming a leader is not a passive activity – it takes work and focus on finding the right mix of skills to apply to your staff and to your particular work environment (one size does not fit all)
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