I heard a story this week about a small business leader who declared:

“I am sick of this BS. I am going back to work and I expect everyone to be back there.”

He sat alone in his office the entire past week.

Did he get what is coming to him? Probably.

Just because he’s the boss (BB) doesn’t mean that a team will endanger themselves, their family and friends because of some leader’s petulance and flat out childish attitude.

It will be interesting to see how prevalent this attitude is moving forward. More important, I wonder what type of values message this sends to his team and customers.

Bad Boss’ values eventually will cripple and probably dismantle an organization:

  • Selfish
  • Uncaring
  • Recklessness
  • Arrogance
  • Ignorance
  • Delusional
  • Impatient
  • Impulsiveness
  • Irresponsible

This is a trying time for everyone, but today a  respectable and responsible leader must have a steady hand on the tiller.

How can a team follow someone, especially in these difficult times and in the future, who puts their health and welfare at unnecessary risk? What can BB expect from his team facing the metaphorical “fire” of a competitive market, failed product launch or a big account loss? Can he count on them or they count on him when he treats them so recklessly and without compassion?

I doubt it. Leaders and pretenders are revealed in crisis.

In the movies, we often we see the “fearless” leaders who are reckless and take unnecessary risks in the name of those poor BS leadership values described above. Those leaders and their troops usually die aimlessly on the battlefield.

I am watching HBO Band of Brothers from 2001. It stars Damian Lewis later of Homeland and Billions fame. He plays Frank Winters, a professional soldier who earns the respect of his men through his devotion to them and his real grasp of the dangers facing them.

Winters is promoted throughout the series for his indisputable valor, battle savvy and mindful leadership. The Brothers series dramatizes the history of “Easy” Company of the 101st Airborne Division from its jump training in the United States through its participation in major actions in Europe.

Winters is definitely not the BB leader who thinks he’s a hero.

He’s exactly the opposite:

  • Selfless
  • Empathetic
  • Humble
  • Mindful
  • Patient
  • Deliberate
  • Genuine
  • Sane
  • Responsible

So what boss do you think a team will follow after this crisis when things get really hot and challenging in normal business times?

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