Accountability or abuse of power?

  February 1, 2015

Is it the lack of accountability or a leader’s self-assigned entitlement of power that disrupts a company business model? Opinions and criticisms are tweeted, posted, and rehashed at the speed of light on this topic. Despite the new layer of social transparency, the abuse of power seems to over shadow accountability more than ever.

Great military, business or community leaders promote transparency and treat accountability with high regard. They do it by encouraging open communication, demonstrating self-discipline, and . . . common sense. Although in today’s environment, whether it is a questionable police action, a school teacher who has violated trust with a student, or a CEO isolating themselves from disciplinary action, the lack of accountability has become a social hot button.

In a corporate environment, the abuser justifies their actions by thinking that shortcutting a process and procedure gives a faster boost to the bottom line. However, the leader with this thinking is usually afraid of confrontation, collaboration or compromise.

This abuse of power by leadership can be intimidating and infuriating. Many times workers feel the only way to improve their situation is to leave the company. It’s no secret that retaining a trained employee is far more cost effective than continually hiring and training new hires. Ironically, the headstrong manager has thwarted his own strategy by driving away valuable talent.

How can you improve your workplace when everyone feels that out of control power hanging over them like a heavy cloud? It must happen from the top down. It’s not the fault of the worker; it’s the other leaders within the company or organization that are scared to approach the offending leader. The CEO needs to lead the way in changing the culture and work environment to one that welcomes creativity, collaboration and productive conflict.

If you’re not sure about the steps to revive your company culture, maximize employee talent or realign your strategy, talk to us at Success Trek. We serve as an impartial interviewer so employees can speak without reproach, giving you valuable insight. Having that conversation about what seems difficult can turn your company around to get back on track to profitability and sustainability.

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