The Refuge of Poor Leaders
Poor leaders rely upon the short memories of their followers.
They often boldly and successfully revise accounts of events to avoid accountability for inactivity or failures. That success is due to two facts: 1) few people carefully follow events and 2) people are usually unwilling to believe that anyone, especially someone enjoying high status, would so shamelessly pervert the truth.
A good way to spot such tactics is to read the minutes of meetings and to keep a status log on key projects. What you'll discover is the use of recent events as a sleight-of-hand to distract attention from the status of last month's promises or last week's crisis.
"Out of sight, out of mind" is the silent mantra of such leadership.
Close monitoring and long memories are its greatest enemies..