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October 10, 2011

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Once again Michelle you have nailed it. It is the dichotomy of corporate life, at the moment. It is very sad that the concept of "servant leadership" has not been embraced by the corporate/business world (other than lip service). I would guess if you were to directly ask those who are seen as "selfish leaders" they would disagree and say they were only acting in the best interest of shareholders or customers. Seems it twas ever thus.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to try to start a "niceness" revolution?? One where respect and honor were revived to their original definitions? Remembering that in order to truely lead, you must first serve (others, not onesself!)
Thanks for your consistent and continued truth-telling.

Jean, I would LOVE to start a niceness revolution!

I think you raise a good point about lip service. One thing I continue to hear from people is that they are working for companies or organizations where the words just don't match the actions. They are told that learning or teamwork or "customer service" matter, but then the company's actions make it clear that they don't. This, of course, is what goes on in dysfunctional families, causing depression and anger.

I think that the only way that these things are going to change is if we continue to call them out and identify what's really going on. We can't create a new vision if we don't first accept the reality of where things are.

Thanks so much for your comment!

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