Actually, yes, you are supposed to be a role model
I have always been an advocate for the importance of leaders demonstrating personal character worthy of being replicated. I see leaders as much more than functionary. In fact, I have argued that the symbolic aspect of the role is at least as important as the tactical aspect. This morning I posted on Twitter and Facebook: And then I saw this article. The kicker quote is this:
“Conway’s argument is that no matter what Trump might do or say that is actually wrong or objectionable, it doesn’t matter so long as people believe he meant well.”This isn’t about politics, at least not primarily. It is the sad possibility that a large number of people in a variety of sectors of society, and not just those who support Donald Trump, are now willing to accept deplorable behaviour from a leader without concern.
Perhaps I’m a moralist or an ethics dinosaur, but I still want prominent leaders to be people I can admire. I’m well aware that nobody is perfect; but the ability to own up to a mistake and try to repair any damage done is such a core assumption for me that I am lost for an explanation for what I’m seeing.
I don’t care what entity you are leading. You become the representative, the face, the embodiment of the core beliefs and values of that organization. Even if you don’t want to.
As great as this commercial has always been; if you are a leader I do expect you to be a role model. https://youtu.be/4gqk4WPnrpM