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Accountability or abuse of power?

Is it the lack of accountability or a leader’s self-assigned entitlement of power that disrupts a company’s business model? Opinions and criticisms are tweeted, posted, and rehashed at the speed of light on this topic. Despite the layer of social transparency, the abuse of power seems to overshadow 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 schoolteacher 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. Workers often 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 ones. Ironically, the headstrong manager has thwarted his 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 feat, 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.

How can we help?

If you or your team need help to identify obstacles and challenges in your workplace situation, contact Theresa, or visit our Contact Us page to schedule a 30-minute Complimentary Conversation. Reaching a goal is a journey, and Success Trek is here to take that journey alongside you.

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Reaching a goal is a journey, and Success Trek is here to take that journey alongside you. Whether we are helping you develop a strategic plan, facilitating a skills workshop, or writing a procedure guide, we will guide you through obstacles and challenges with the tools and support for success. The process starts with a 30-minute Complimentary Conversation.

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