What kind of sycophant are you?

cries Glen Close’s Cruella de Ville. “What kind of sycophant would you like me to be?” replies her servant (ops director?).

Does film mimic life in the boardroom, in the 1996 film “101 Dalmatians”?

I was sitting in a board meeting the other day. The leader made a guest appearance and all was fine and dandy.

The leader “exited stage left”, and suddenly we all started grumbling about things. Are we two-faced? Are we too scared to be honest with the leader about our misgivings?

I’m all for being polite, but we do ourselves and our leader no favours by sparing the truth.

To be fair, the meeting is not the place to do it. I’ve seen enough posturing to last a life-time. A quiet word “off camera” would be better.

This gives the leader a chance to think and reflect. We may not have the whole picture either. But let’s not be party to “emperor’s clothes”! Let’s not be “yes men”.

See also Naked leadership – Emperor’s clothes

About drstevelewis

Good leadership is essential for any project to succeed. I specialise in the most difficult leadership challenges; those involving the way we relate to other people or the way they relate to us. With a background of many years in business and an earlier training in medicine I combine the two in a unique consultancy.
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