A few years ago the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy was forced to resign from his position, and he was a Vice Admiral (three stars).
With one bad decision, which was grabbing a sentry by the wrist when he was asked for his ID upon entering the Naval Academy in civilian clothes, his career was ended. An investigation of the incident proceeded and the following was found.
The charge that forced him to retire was that he was guilty of a General Failure to Promote Good Morale.
- He was found guilty of intimidating people below him by abusing his position and authority.
- He was found guilty of screaming at subordinates.
- He was found guilty of questioning his subordinates with intensity with a raised voice and in an aggressive tone.
In the business world many managers would be found guilty of a general failure to promote good morale even though this is one of their main responsibilities. Are you innocent or guilty?
What are people saying about you behind your back? Are you creating an environment of trust? Are you building self esteem and self confidence in others or tearing it down?
Creating a healthy environment, inspiring your direct reports, and promoting good morale is your responsibility as a leader at work and at home.
Remember culture is not part of the game, it is the game.
As I always say, “Be careful what you say and do because “they” are watching you and judging you. . . Lee
PS: I just returned from Sao Paulo Brazil where I did three presentations on leadership, management and service excellence. Brazil is awesome. The people are terrific. This is a country on the move so keep an eye on them. This is a great place for a vacation. I stayed at three hotels and they were all three well run and as good as any hotels I have ever visited. The Staybridge Suite Hotel is modern and has excellent rooms and is in a great location with restaurants and shopping all around. The Intercontinental Hotel hosted a luncheon for me and did a great job. The service and food was perfect. One day I went out to the city of Campinas which is about 50 miles outside Sao Paulo. My workshops was there at the Royal Palm Plaza Resort. This is a first rate resort with everything you could want. Great rooms, great amenities, great food and best of all great people. World Cup comes to Brazil in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Brazil is about to take off and now I have lots of new friends there.