Are you working in an organization where leaders failed the business and its people? Do the leaders in your organization do the right thing regardless of profit?
One of the most powerful questions one can ask oneself is “Am I working in a company where leaders are highly ethical?” Values-based leaders put others interests ahead of their own.
Are you an ethical leader who exhibits good judgment? Are you able to create a high performance workplace by creating a workplace climate where doing the right thing and not greed and self-interest is your highest priority?
Tracking Underlying Causes of Failure
Sidney Finkelstein, author of Why Smart Executives Fail (2003), researched several spectacular CEO failures and their causes over a six year period. He found several patterns that explain what went wrong.
At some point, every successful organization is a victim of its own success stemming from a distorted view of reality. Many executives saw the signs—competitors or customers were asking for a change—and yet they chose to ignore them.
Why did they fail? What are the patterns and warning signs? How can we detect the warning signs in organizations before it is too late?
Finkelstein offers four explanations for CEO behaviors that lead to failure:
1. Executive Mindset Failures - Breakdowns in how executives perceive reality for their companies
2. Delusions of a Dream Company - How people within an organization face up to their reality
3. Lost Signals - How information and control systems in the organization are mismanaged
4. Patterns of Unsuccessful Executive Habits - How organizational leaders adopt unsuccessful behaviors
In the CEO failures he studied, Finkelstein emphasizes that it was not unforeseeable events that brought their companies down. In all cases, these CEOs of failed companies knew there was trouble coming, but they chose not to act.
Working with a seasoned executive coach trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating leadership assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-i and CPI 260 can help you become an inspiring leader who provides values-based leadership. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence, and who inspires people to become happily engaged with the strategy and vision of the company.