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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wise and Selfless Leadership Is No Fairy Tale

Written by  Duane Bailey

I read an article in Forbes recently, "Leaders Must Teach Employees 5 Unwritten Rules," by Glenn Llopis, a former C-suite corporate executive, entrepreneur and author. The article included five unwritten rules wise and selfless leaders should be teaching to their employees to ensure their organizations get the most from their talent pool.

Aside from the impact on an employee's career and personal well-being, how a leader behaves and the example he or she sets can have a profound impact on the success of the entire organization. I know from my own personal experience one bad leader can completely change the culture of an organization. As the Forbes article notes, selfish leaders who are territorial or who feel threatened by their employees prevent them from building influential relationships, thinking independently and unleashing their full potential.

I suppose the argument can be made that leaders who fail to teach and live by the unwritten rules of wise and selfless leadership are in many ways like the wicked stepmother in the Cinderella fairy tale. By visibly promoting those who pose no perceived threat to them and suppressing the "Cinderellas" on their teams, they are robbing the organization of the benefits it might otherwise have accrued from some of their best and brightest employees.

Most of us know how the fairy tale ends. Cinderella unexpectedly achieves the recognition and success she deserves after a difficult period of mistreatment, obscurity and neglect. Can we be certain there are no "Cinderellas" in our organizations? Do we know if our leaders are teaching and living by the unwritten rules that will allow all of our employees to build influential relationships, think independently and unleash their full potential?

Please see the following for more on leadership and organizational behavior:
How You Treat Your Employees Matters
Employee Retention: People Leave Managers, Not Companies
Accelerate Growth and Innovation – Encourage a Culture of Risk-Taking

Duane Bailey

Duane Bailey

Duane Bailey is a regular contributor to The Chief Storyteller® online conversation. He has helped organizations of all sizes drive growth in revenues and market share through the development and delivery of key business messages that resonate with target audiences. He holds an MBA in International Business and a BS in Marketing. He brings 28 years of experience in marketing communications and high technology sales.

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