Advocacy of a strict and inflexible standard may not reflect strength. Instead, it may indicate a fear of accountability for the independent thought and leadership which might accompany any deviation from the rule.
"Sorry, but it's our policy."
"We have a zero tolerance standard."
"The numbers are always our sole determinate."
We need to be on the alert for policies that seem bold but which in practice damage leadership, foster division, and breed cowardice.
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