The Disease of Closed Circles

The fourteenth Disease of Leadership is:

The disease of closed circles.

That is, belonging to a clique becomes more powerful than our shared identity. This disease too always begins with good intentions, but with the passing of time it enslaves its members and becomes a cancer which threatens the harmony of the organization and causes immense evil, especially to those we treat as outsiders.

“Friendly fire” from our fellow soldiers, is the most insidious danger. It is the evil which strikes from within. As the saying goes, “every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste.”

A house divided cannot stand, because success relies on congruency. Whether it is a machine, a sports team, a government party, or one’s own mind, things have to work together if anything is to be accomplished. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Nothing hurts a project, relationship, or business worse than strife between the people involved. There will always be disagreements, but everything will fall apart if there isn’t a unifying goal and a willingness to work together. A leader is always aware of this and constantly works to ensure there is cooperation and harmony.

Summing-up: Do you encourage parochialism rather than community? If this is the case, then you are maybe suffering from this disease of leadership.

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