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Musings: The problems of self-interested leaders

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Oct 29, 2009 9:51:00 AM

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The summer 2009 edition of Leader to Leader unpacks the difficulties leaders face in not making self-interested decisions.

On a large scale, our culture and economy have been given a concussion by self-interested leaders lining their gilded cages. On a small scale, I have witnessed scores of pastors and non-profit leaders doing the same. In all cases, the institution’s mission is sacrificed for the felt needs of the organization’s leaders.

Now is not the time to:
  • Delay your retirement to the detriment of identifying and developing the next generation of leaders for your organization.
  • Give yourself a raise while squeezing the programs of your organization to compensate.
  • Hire family members while letting other staff go.
  • Expect that  economic growth will cover up your failure to be fiscally responsible.

And it is never the time to place the acquisition of funds ahead of raising up a people committed to your organization’s purpose. The easiest way to make this happen is for the people to see leadership—authentic, responsible, consummately professional, creative and assured—leading the way in commitment and action.

-mark l vincent

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