Leadership When All Hell is Breaking Loose

If you’ve been watching the stock markets the past week, you know what it looks like when hell is breaking loose.

You also know what poor leadership looks like.

As the old saying goes:

If you want something done, delegate it.
If you want it done right, do it yourself.
If you don’t want it done at all, send it to a committee.

Since the year began, there have been zero job creation bills come out of the US Congress.  At the same time, the US credit rating was downgraded after 100+ years at AAA (the highest level), the FAA shut down, and the country almost defaulted on it’s debt.

Yet, there is no vision out of this mess. Uncertainty is everywhere you look. Fear is growing.

We don’t have an economy problem, we have a leadership problem.

Where’s the leadership?

It’s in committee…

This is a teachable point of view for any organization.  When things get tough, one person has to:

1) Come up with a vision

2) Get everyone behind it.

If those two things don’t happen, there is no leadership.

If you’re the designated leader at this point in history, I hope you’re up with me right now at 2am figuring out what your team is going to do.

Hell is breaking loose.

It’s time to lead tonight,


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12 comments on “Leadership When All Hell is Breaking Loose”

  1. Aaron,
    I’ve been on many committees. The issue is always plain as day and a decision has to be made, but it never fails that someone goes off on a tangent and the leader doesn’t reel them in. So I want to walk out! All the time! I like to be around leaders who are generous to listen to input and decisive enough to act quickly even if there is disagreement. Time is too precious to me to stand behind someone who doesn’t know where they’re going.

  2. I agree with your points…come up with a vision and get everyone behind it…but before any of that can be accomplished…more important than anything else…”leadership” must learn to leave their egos at the door. This isn’t about compromise…this is about collaborative efforts and when egos get in the way, no collaboration can occur. Just my two cents.

    1. Claudia, I totally agree. Egos are a big problem right now in Washington (both sides). Regardless, someone has to find some common ground and get something done. Either that, or we need to change the system of government to more of a parliamentary system. We can’t have gridlock, not matter what.

      It’s failed leadership.

  3. I agree about the lack of leadership. Too many people are playing not to lose instead of to win. They don’t want to take a chance that people might blame them for making a mistake.

  4. Well said and boy, do I agree about the lack of leadership. Those in “committee” are too busy pointing fingers and blaming each other, rather than being proactive to come up with real solutions to this mess.

    If I was the “leader” and this happened, I would be out of a job so fast, my head wouldn’t have time to spin. Unfortunately, those “in charge” still don’t get it. It’s not about them — it’s about all of us.

  5. It never ceases to amaze me that in most major corporations, if the company is hemorrhaging money the board of trustees or the stockholders call for the heads of the CEO and upper management.

    Meanwhile US Government (probably the largest corporate entity in the world) spends 30-40% more money than it generates (hence our national deficit) and the voting masses of the population (the stockholders) allow Congress and POTUS (the CEO and Upper Management) to raise the debt ceiling (allowing them to spend MORE).

    (okay stepping down off my soapbox now)

  6. Aaron Biebert! I tweeted @Biebert in hopes of somehow realizing how I am supposed to apply for the “Social Median and Marketing Associate” job but I am still lost. What do I do now? I am already following you….

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