Les Déplorables– Bad Leaders Who Destroy Companies: Ugly Truth– Horrible CEOs Destroy Organizations…

There are many bad leaders who are destroying companies, destroying innovation, destroying value… many are incompetent and incapable of managing an organization; these are ‘les déplorables’ (the deplorables). The word ‘deplorable’ comes from French– ‘déplorer’, which means; ‘to give-up as hopeless’, or ‘something is so bad there is no hope of improvement’.

According to Dr. John Papazafiropoulos; it’s alarming trend that’s killing many organizations; it’s the horribly performing ‘bad leaders’ who are receiving millions in compensation, while destroying the very organization they led…

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Reasonable people might ask: Why are incompetent CEOs/leaders being hired and allowed to destroy jobs and the future of many promising organizations? Why are Boards of Directors failing to do their job? Is it partly because many Members of Board of Directors have little knowledge, understanding of the organization, or industry, or markets, or competitive environment, or customers, or partners, or other stakeholders… that they are supposed to safeguard? The insane drive for ‘diversity’ and ‘political correctness’ is killing many great organizations… There must be change both; in the way CEOs/leaders are hired, evaluated… and in the way Members of Board of Directors are elected, maintained…

In the article Bad Leaders Destroy Companies by Amy Rees Anderson writes: Bad leaders are felt throughout an organization– when an organization lacks clarity, vision, purpose, commitment, consistent communication… then the organization is run by– rumors, politics, gamesmanship… Hence, employees are uncertain about company’s goals, objectives, and they have no idea where they fit-in… or what their level of responsibility toward making it happen…

The result of bad leadership is low morale, high turnover, and decreased ability to have any sustainable success… To become a great company it takes a great leader, and there is a huge difference between a boss and a leader… Companies cannot afford bad leaders in highly competitive environments– and not just  in terms of financial success; employees cannot flourish when they are faced with incompetent executives…  Leadership is foundation of all successful organizations and the people who are hired to lead must be thoroughly vetted and held accountable; and certainly not rewarded for failure…

In the article Two Kinds Of Leaders That Destroy Organizations by Noel M. Tichy writes: A leader is never ‘energy-neutral’; they are either,  giving people energy or they are sapping it from others… According to Richard H. Lenny; leaders can create energy or they sap energy out of employees or others within the organization… Energy sappers fall into two categories: They are ‘ignorant’ or ‘arrogant’… Let’s examine the key issues of energy sappers:

  • Leaders who are ignorant: The sad truth is too many leaders stop learning… According to Dr. Roland Barth; you routinely ask your children; What did you learn at school today? Hence it’s every bit as important to ask leaders; What did you learn at work today? If they don’t know they are sapping energy out of the organization, and that means their level of ignorance is growing…
  • Leaders who are arrogant: It may sound corny, but as the old saying goes– when you lack tact, no one buys your act… Of course, no leader would ever admit to being arrogant… and they will most likely emphatically deny their arrogance, or they may not even be unaware of it… but other sees it and experience it…

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In the article Leaders are Killing Meaningfulness of Work by Teresa Amabile, Steven Kramer write: The most fundamental requirement in any organization is– meaningful purpose, and the recognition of employees who do the work… Leaders at all levels routinely and unwittingly undermine the ‘meaningfulness’ of employees work through everyday words and actions. These include; dismissing the importance of employees’ work or ideas, or destroying a sense of ownership, or neglecting to communicate on changing priorities…

Leaders must continuously articulate the ‘purpose’ of an organization, and continuously acknowledged the achievements of all employees who work to create real ‘meaning’ in the organization… But there are traps that leaders must avoid for sustainable organization, and they include:

  • Mediocrity signals: Most organization aspires to greatness, and articulating a meaningful purpose for the organization is key to its success… But some leaders might be inadvertently signaling the opposite through their words and actions… And despite rhetoric about being innovative and cutting edge, some leaders are really more comfortable being ordinary…
  • Strategic ‘attention deficit disorder’: Many leaders all too often– ‘start and stop’ initiatives– these leaders might often appear to display kind of ‘attention deficit disorder’ (ADD)… when it comes to strategy and tactics. When leaders don’t appear to have their act together on exactly where organization should be heading, it’s very difficult for an organization to maintain a strong sense of purpose…
  • Corporate Keystone Kops: In the early decades of cinema, a popular series of silent-film comedies featured the ‘Keystone Kops’, these were fictional policemen so incompetent that they ran around in circles, fumbling one situation after another… These are same type antic that some leaders display– running around without purpose, without mission… Hence, there is apprehension about the organization ability to produce anything of value…
  • Misbegotten ‘big, hairy, audacious goals’: Some leaders make statements that are outrageous, grandiose, containing little relevance or meaning for workers in the trenches. The goals and objectives are so extreme as to be unattainable, and so vague as to seem empty.– the result is lack of meaning, and cynicism…

Leaders are flawed; some more than others, and the bad ones are; immoral, illegal, unethical… According to John Mariotti; leadership is like a ‘credibility’ bank account; good leaders make ‘deposits’ by doing the right things, at right times, and have right behavior… and rarely make ‘withdrawals’… Whereas bad leaders are habitual violators and they continuously ‘overdraw’ the ‘credibility’ account by doing the wrong things, at wrong times, and have wrong behavior,.. and rarely make ‘deposits’…

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These are leaders who don’t ‘walk the talk’– leaders who don’t do what they say, behave irresponsibility… They are blameless; when things go wrong blame others, but when things go right they take credit. They make outrageous promises; promises that undermine trust, respect… They are guilty of transgressions; abuse power for personal gain and violate basic principle of ethics, responsibility. Even worse these are: ‘Les Déplorables’ (The Deplorables)– they destroy organizations, they destroy careers, they destroy communities, they destroy economies…