Leaders never hide behind their BRANDS

7115956795_bc55df4d57_oSome call me cynical and others call me over opinionated – I am happy with that as long as you never think I am normal. As Whoopi Goldberg says ‘Normal is a setting on the washing machine.’ I agree I do generalise more than I should and have found that it works effectively for me. The reality is if I am standing on your foot – you should simply move your foot and if what I say hurts too much, well perhaps you will consider changing and then I have achieved what I have set out to do.

My friend Steve Maraboli has a saying which is more than epic, he says ‘The truth is never dressed for the occasion.’ My question today is ‘Why do people (managers) hide behind the brand they work for?’ Oh, for the record when I use the term manager it is condescending, I am actually saying you are not a leader. So if I am standing on your foot … please save yourself the pain and move it.

The reason why these people hide behind the brand is that they intrinsically realise they are selfish, or that they have some sense of entitlement and they feel they deserve more than you, or that they have more right to be around and keep their job than you do. So when they assume the position behind the brand and they get rid of you, you will think that it is the company and not them. Yes that is my opinion and I will stick to it.

Good leaders on the other hand look after people and are accountable to people, they think of the team before themselves and they create a safe environment for people to flourish in.

Of course you don’t have to agree with me and I would love to hear your opinion.

Photo credit: Zuhair Ahmad / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

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About RichSimmondsZA

Father | Professional Speaker | Top 50 International & Forbes Top 10 African Social Influencer | RuleBreaker and ChangeMaker | Author 5 Night Plan & MugAndTweet Books
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