A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Gray, who is a charismatic leader in his community, is running for political office in his state. Everyone loves him. Gray has great integrity and honesty. However, behind closed doors, Gray beats his wife and torments his children. He is confident that his secret will never be revealed. Gray will be mistaken.
Ill explore what it means to be a leader in a public environment. New emerging leaders must understand the cultural landscape to be effective. We live in a media in your face environment. Why should leaders care about cultural occurrences outside of their organizational boundaries? Wren, a management expert, conveys that managers must understand the cultural values of their society for good decision-making. Many people believe whats in the news and dont critically think.
It is my claim that todays leader must be media-savvy and candid with followers. The media loves a good story, regardless of the cost. For example, a recent article cited a top official saying that the Bush administration deliberately misused or ignored intelligence analysis about the Iraq invasion. Can President Bush adequately defend this in the public opinion arena? Do you remember President Clintons impeachment trials? Everyone pointed fingers. The media pursued a hunt into the lives of these public officials. When it was over, it was a huge mess.
Overall, leaders should be honest with followers and media-tested in our culture, because everyone has made mistakes in life. As a leader, your personal life is exposed to the public. Therefore, you need to walk circumspectly and live with integrity. Start today!
Goodridge, E. (February 12, 2006). Bush Cherry-Picked Data on Iraq. The Knoxville
Wren, D. (2005). The Evolution of Management Thought. Hooboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
© 2006 by Daryl D. Green