When The Leadership Perspective Was Fake
I once worked with a company that had grown rapidly into being an industry leader. They continued to innovate, albeit a bit slowly, and were on the verge of being acquired.
The CEO had a bunch of energy and in the all-staff meetings told the employees how amazing everything was and how grateful he was for them and how they were ushering in a new phase of the company.
He was honest and excited.
He asked if anybody had questions, but the employees rarely asked any, so he told the staff he had an open door policy and they should never hesitate to talk to him.
He went to sleep every night with a smile on his face, knowing that the company was headed in the right direction and the employees were happy.
But, alas, his leadership perspective was wrong.
Employees were walking away from the all-staff meetings feeling discouraged. They thought the CEO was a fake. They thought he was just pretending that the problems would go away if he just ignored them. Because there were problems. Meaningful problems. Problems so big that people were looking for new jobs.
From the employees’ perspectives, the company was in shambles.
Despite their growth, budgets kept getting slashed which led to greater employee workloads. Despite their current position in the market, new products were not being developed as fast as the competitors. Despite the chance of being acquired, employees didn’t understand the vision of the company and why they were working so hard.