When Leadership Doesn’t Matter

Leadership doesn’t matter if…

  • You don’t need to innovate
  • No one competes with your group
  • Everything is automated
  • There is no turnover in staff
  • Everyone knows what your company does

Congrats to those of you who don’t need leadership in your organization.

That’s really neat.

Organizations that don’t value leadership won’t be here in a couple years to need it.  Interesting how that works…

For the rest of us, it’s time to innovate, strategize, recruit, and envision.

Nevertheless, I’m continually surprised by how many managers don’t lead, how many companies cut down their leadership ranks to save money, and how many leaders don’t bother to lead themselves higher first.

Difficult times call for stronger leaders.  We need you tonight.

Have a leadership night,


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Published by Aaron Biebert

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13 comments on “When Leadership Doesn’t Matter”

  1. Such organizations won’t be here in a couple of years… unless you’re talking about government-run monopolies*. They lack effective leadership and suffer from a “too big to fail” mentality, and it shows when you look at the way they deal with customers.

    Basically, a small business that treated ONE customer the way they handle thousands would go under really quick. They wouldn’t last a year. I was translating an interview with the MAPFRE CEO for a bilingual magazine the other day, and he said, “If we treat a customer right, they tell half a dozen people about it. If we treat them wrong, they tell a thousand.”

    Getting things wrong and not apologizing. Not owning their mistakes. Not fixing the problem as soon as possible. These are leadership failures. 

    [*Yeah, sometimes my comments need footnotes]
    (Let me be clear about one thing here: I’m not American, and I live outside the US. I may at times sound Republican, but I’m speaking from an entirely different perspective. In fact I often vote left. I’m a citizen of the EU, and have witnessed the mistakes that govt monopolies make first-hand. Heck, I’ve been on the receiving end of a few such mistakes. — Once, I even got a call from customer service asking whether I was pleased with the way the company had solved my issue… when they had in fact done absolutely nothing to resolve it.

    I believe the State should be the citizens’ first line of defense against corporate abuse… though corporate abuse is often perpetrated by government-run corporations, especially in Southern Europe. What can a citizen do about that?)

    1. John, I agree and see similar issues with government related monopolies in the US too (post office, DMV, etc.).  

      However, it seems that even they may be at risk sometimes.  The US Post Office is facing severe issues.

      It seems like we all see the same things everywhere around the world. 

  2. Most of the managers I see around aren’t meant to lead at all, they merely “manage” a status quo, they don’t innovate because, frankly, there’s much less innovation around than you might think.
    Of course if you follow blogs like Techcrunch or Mashable, you’re inclined to think every company around us is innovative and groundbreaking, but it’s really not the case.
    Most of the companies I come in contact with have a hard time understanding how innovation can truly benefit them, and yes, it takes REAL leaders to understand it.

  3. And we frequently see the scenario where excellent technical resources are thrust into leadership positions from a management perspective. Some people lead best where their strengths lie…versus us trying to make them what they are not.

    Get the right people on the bus, and then get them in the right seats. Then a company is setup for long-term success with people having more productivity (and fun) along the way!

    1. I agree, not everyone wants to be or ought to be in leadership.  I don’t think it can be forced.

      Many companies hire an elephant when they really need a horse.  It’s a serious problem.

      Thanks for the comment Brian!

  4. Aaron, I think that many of those tasked with running companies, or who own their own businesses, don’t have a clue as to how to go about leading. There is a dearth of true leadership in our culture. Someone has got to mentor the up and coming about what true leadership entails.

    It’s people like you, Aaron, and others, who stand in the gap and help to impart leadership wisdom to others.

    1. I think people avoid becoming true leaders because it’s very challenging emotionally and physically.  Real leadership is a sacrifice few people will make.

      Samantha, thanks for all the support this year and I appreciate you making the world a better place.  

      Thank you for the encouragement.

  5. In my opinion, people tend to not be as comfortable in leadership positions because of what it truly takes to be a good leader. Leadership is alot about OTHER people, and is not typically something where the focus is on oneself. An overwhelming majority of people have the ‘what’s in it for me’ mentality, which doesn’t bode well when it comes to becoming a great leader. Great leaders inspire, motivate and focus their efforts on the greater good of the specific individuals around them as well as the organizations they apart of.

    In other words, great leadership is about serving others and taking a sincere interest in helping those around you succeed and prosper.

    1. James, I like the way you put that.  Leadership is about OTHER people.  It focuses on other people.  It depends on other people.  It’s success is based on other people.

      So true.

      Thanks for adding to the discussion.  Great to have you here James.

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