Friday, January 27, 2017

The Example of Victims

Much is made of leadership by example. As you know, the concept urges leaders to exemplify the conduct and values they wish to see in their followers.

I recently thought of another form of example: the example of victims. This is not a variation of the dark line:"Shoot one to encourage the others." Instead, these victims were not engaged in any sort of undesirable conduct. They were wholly innocent but their loyalty to --- and trust in - an organization was not reciprocated.

I recall seeing this in play out in a large organization when the new chief executive officer decided to make some serious cuts. Very good people were arbitrarily let go.

That did not go unnoticed by people in lower-ranking positions who knew the reputations of many of the victims. The message for many of them was simple: Hang around here and instead of retirement you may get the ax. 

Injuries have ripple effects.

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