The Disease of Idolizing Superiors

The tenth Disease of Leadership is:

The disease of idolizing superiors.

This is the disease of those who court their superiors in the hope of gaining their favor. They are victims of careerism and opportunism; they honor persons rather than the larger mission of the organization.

They think only of what they can get and not of what they should give; small-minded persons, unhappy and inspired only by their own lethal selfishness. Superiors themselves can be affected by this disease, when they try to obtain the submission, loyalty and psychological dependency of their subordinates, but the end result is unhealthy complicity.

That’s an early test of those who will make bad leaders: how sycophantic they are with their own superiors. Those who praise incessantly and clap loudly at every utterance by their boss are opportunists who only rise through cronyism.

If they become leaders themselves, they will expect the same of their juniors. And they will transfer their own vapid praises to their own appointing authorities. Watch out for this one: it’s an indicator of hollow leadership to come.

Summing-up: Do you exhibit or encourage undue deference and servility? If this is the case, then you are maybe suffering from this disease of leadership.

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