The Intolerable Boss Part II

This is my thirtieth weekly Blog regarding the state of leadership in America. As stated in Part I, these intolerable bosses are the product of the scientific approach to leadership. This approach points us to the fundamental question of our time, “Why are we experiencing such a severe lack of good leadership despite spending billions annually to train and develop good leaders?” The root cause of this leadership vacuum starts with the concerted effort by leadership gurus and others to define leadership in scientific terms. Generally, science starts with a theory about a particular occurrence in the universe and then systematically tests that theory through observation and investigation in an attempt to validate it. Once validated, scientists can then develop principles and formulas that if followed will generate consistent and predictable results. This scientific process has been very beneficial for humankind and it has powered our industrial and technological revolutions thereby creating our modern world. The problem occurred when we started to use this scientific process of discovery in an endeavor to define and measure human beings and create human formulas that coupled with personal desire and commitment will ensure that anyone can be made into a leader. Using science as a model, we’ve attempted to put leaders and leadership under the microscope and define the profile of a leader and the recipe to create good leaders. Consequently, leadership gurus are using the scientific process or more accurately, pseudoscientific process, in an attempt to convince us that we can use scientific procedures to observe and analyze good leaders and discover what traits, behaviors, and personality profiles make them successful and then compile these findings into a formula that when followed, will replicate good leaders in mass. For generations now we’ve accepted and applied this pseudoscientific approach to leadership. Consequently, we continue to identify, select, train, and develop people for leadership positions using this fundamentally flawed premise that anyone can be made into a leader if you follow the leadership gurus’ developed step-by-step formulas. It is time to employ a different methodology or we will just continue to create more intolerable bosses. It’s time to recognize that good leadership is not the result of applying a formula. Instead, we need to focus our efforts on the identification and development of natural born leaders who have the God-given gift of leadership that has been passed down in the form of DNA from biological parents. We are all born with a unique set of talents and we don’t all possess leadership talent or possess it at the same level. There are no formulas to measure how much talent a person has, but there are signposts that are laid out in my book Leadership DNA to assist in making an assessment if a person has innate leadership talent. And the most effective way of dealing with an intolerable boss is to not create anymore of them.

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10 Responses to The Intolerable Boss Part II

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