Don’t Be a FOOL: Fear of Open Leadership

There are a lot of fools in our organizations today.

Why else is employee engagement at deplorable levels? Why else do we see senior leaders failing to adopt social collaborative technologies inside (or outside) the organization? Why else do we see authoritative, autocratic, fear mongering and controlling leaders still operating in vast numbers? Why do we see information and knowledge hoarding?

20130413-114316.jpgIt’s because the people who act this way are fools.

They have a fear of open leadership.

They are the FOOL.

(It’s an acronym)

Work with me.

In my book Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization I define open leadership as follows:

“the act of engaging others to influence and execute a coordinated and harmonious conclusion”

There are some key words and phrases in my definition that FOOL’s don’t understand nor do they action.

1) engaging others
  • Engage with others? Why would a FOOL like me do that? The easier thing to do is to command others and to tell others specifically what to do and by when. I don’t have time to spare, I’m important you know.
2) influence
  • Influence? That takes too long and it requires me to slow down my assault on my next career move up the ladder. Forget influencing, I’m going to control everything about this employee, team and any objectives that are currently in flight. I’m a lot like tupperware; I control and prevent the contents from escaping.
3) coordinated
  • Coordinated? You mean, like, me and the team have to be on the same page? We have to coordinate our ideas, opportunities and actions before we get anything done? I’d rather stick my tongue on frozen monkey bars. That’s what I think of coordinating.
4) harmonious
  • Harmonious? I’m a FOOL; I can’t even spell harmonious let alone define it for you.

If you’re in an organization replete with FOOL’s — or worse — you have a direct leader who is a FOOL, you may want to rethink your current role and place of work.

If you are a FOOL, drop me a line. I’d be happy to chat about the book with you and get you operating in a flat, open manner.

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