To me, company leaders are a way of marking the history of an organization. They’re the corporate equivalent of tree-rings. The survivors bear the scars of everything that has passed and has shaped them into the beings that they are now.
The leaders in my company have had years and years of experience in the industry. As much as this has helped them push the organization onto its high perch, I think that this has bred bad behavior amongst the staff but also shuttered them from anything really new.
I think of it this way, we are social creatures. We imitate those that seem to be doing well for themselves. In my company the mantra is, “As long as the job gets done, I don’t care how you do it.” In such a dog-eat-dog environment with no moral scruples, it’s no wonder that so many people are disenchanted.
I read this article about “infectious leadership” and thought about our guys at the top: