Q: What salutary leadership lesson did the POTUS serve up recently, further fuelling a bitter and divisive culture? Corona test result = snafu.
Leadership creates the culture and conditions for high performance. Great leadership feels effortless - getting stuff done is frictionless.
Why did it take 130,000 US coronavirus deaths before President Trump wore a face mask at a public event?
A leader's integrity is measured by displaying the behaviours they are seeking in others. Except those espousing "do as I say, not as I do".
We respect leaders who say what they mean and mean what they say. Incongruity reeks of double standards. Like we’re not really in this together. (Our primary information source [social media] has cognitively numbed us to what’s true and what’s not).
Here’s other ways one person’s behaviour influences culture:
1. Playing favourites. A sure-fire way to alienate others is a kiss-up competition.
2. Not saying no. Back yourself. And adults shouldn’t throw tanties if they don’t get what they want.
3. Leaders frequently losing their ‘nana. Emotions are contagious.
The one thing politicians should give us is hope for a better world.
Angela Merkel and Jacinda Adern do this brilliantly.