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Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 205

I don't know about you, but lately I have been wondering where all the leaders have gone? Where are the Dwight David Eisenhowers, Harry Trumans, or Ronald Reagans of this world. Where are the leaders that would rather sacrifice themselves than their principals? While you might take issue with the names I picked, I don't think you will disagree that there seems to be an increasing number of men in leadership roles that are being compromised by their actions.

One has only to watch the nightly news to see leader after leader fall because of questionable judgment. Athletes, politicians, businessmen, alike are falling to poor decisions they make around their personal and professional lives. They are making bad moral and ethical decisions, that during other times, may have gone undiscovered, but in these times of everyone is a cameraman or camerawoman, they are not escaping the eye of the camera or the ear of the microphone. Words and actions are almost always public. So, if you do not want it on the evening news, don't do it. That is good advice but that does not address the root of the problem of disappearing leaders.

American corporations spend 50 Billion dollars a year on leadership training and development according the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). With so much money spent, it would be interesting to see what those companies got for their money. One might legitimately expect that those receiving the training would be better problem solvers or more efficient or better planners but, in light of what we see, we may not expect the leaders to have more integrity. If fact, if you asked 100 MBA grads the meaning of integrity you might get 100 different answers and unfortunately, none of them may be right. You see MBA programs of today don't focus on the value of doing what you say you will do, they focus more on how to spin what you did not do to make what you did do look better.

What about the most recent turn of events in South America with our "Secret Service" members and a group of prostitutes. Some of our illustrious experts on the nightly news have even said there was nothing wrong with the action because prostitution was legal. Obviously little or no thought was put into the response. Maybe that is a clue as to why we see leaders making immoral decisions for personal satisfaction with little thought for the compromising position they may have put the President or our country in, much less the simple right or wrong of it.

Leaders, in my view are those who have a compelling vision and a moral and ethical way to get there. Leaders are inspirational but have thought through the right and wrong paths to achievement. Leaders are men and women who can be trusted to do what they say they will do and simply skillful at deflecting the blame to someone or somewhere else.

One would think that 50 billion spent annually on leadership development would cover the ethical and moral responsibilities of leadership. It does not.

Much time is spent on the tasks performed and outcomes expected of leaders in the world today, but little time is spent exemplifying the moral and ethical avenues to achieve them. Lets give corporate executives, trainers, and leaders of all kinds a "shout out" - No more self-serving behavior from the people that organize or develop training for leaders. Lets teach aspiring leaders that they have an obligation to behave in an exemplary manner and that leadership is not simply achieving goals, it is doing so in a way that exemplifies sound values and ethical behavior. Then lets hold them accountable to do what they have been taught.

GMS Talent L P and Stephen J. Blakesley are Training and Certification Partners with Multiple Health Systems, MHS Inc We offer training and certification in the EQi and EQ360. Additionally, we offer EQi assessments, training and coaching for individuals, teams, and organizations. Contact us at: 281-444-5050 or Email us at for additional information.

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