I’ve come to the conclusion that, whether you’re a proponent of a values-based management style or a more centralized form of management, ego almost always gets in the way.
It’s very difficult to maintain a balanced leadership environment on a consistent basis, especially the closer you get to the top. It takes considerable discipline, attention to detail, and above all else, a sense of self that understands the importance of modeling behaviors that always align with the culture of the organization. Those leaders who struggle with this fundamental, and there seem to no shortage in today’s marketplace, seem to have an intellectual disconnect with their workforce. In other words,they allow their own ego and self-interest to dictate behaviors that they know do not reflect the expectations of those that look to them for the appropriate leadership.
Truth be told, this kind of ego-centric leadership exacts immeasurable damage on the organization by doing the one thing that no external or internal force can do; it limits the capabilities and initiative of everyone under its umbrella.