During the past several weeks, we have seen more than our fair share of leaders behaving badly (see Messrs. Schwarzenneger, Weiner, et al). While saddening, we’ve all experienced enough in our lives to make it all anything but shocking, I’m afraid. (Several years back, I had the unfortunate experience of working in an organization whose truly brilliant and visionary but equally undisciplined division leader was not only openly conducting an extramarital affair with an employee, but was also eagerly advising other executives how to do so).
Many a gallon of ink (or, the electronic equivalent) has been spilled in recent weeks pondering the meaning and impact of such leader misbehavior. While I suspect that most of the bad behavior is the result of ego, power, greed, hubris — or some combination thereof — I’d like to go in a different direction today, if I might. I’d like to reflect in this space on the impact of honorable behavior by the “quiet leaders” in our lives — the men and women who get up each morning trying to do the right thing, set the right example, and help us see right from wrong, often without saying a word.
Real Leaders and True Gentlemen (and women)
As a baseball fan, I enjoy collecting anecdotes, memorabilia, stories, and perspectives on the game. My favorite baseball quote, however, actually has nothing at all to do with baseball, per se. David Cone, an outstanding pitcher and World Series winner with several teams in the ’90’s, was once asked Continue reading