Just like Jack Nicholson’s character in “A Few Good Men,” even we civilians run into such scary leadership. These days, many get put in charge that exhibit incompetence, are relationally inept, even scramble when caught in a lie. Yes, what’s needed—indeed—are “a few good men” (and women).
The Internet is replete with articles about monstrous mayhem from megalomaniacs and micromanagers. They thwart efficiency, creativity, and communication; and our corporations, clubs, colleges, and churches are in chaos. These leaders believe that they’re the only ones who can do the job right—so they manhandle and squeeze out the “resistant” (aka the competent and creative).
They’re shooting themselves in the foot.
Meanwhile, the ever-morphing proletariat scratches its head, wondering how long these fearful fools will fly under the radar—while lukewarm personnel gurus ignore the elephant in the room. [[Ha! Elephant: how apropos — big, manager ears—and a lying, Pinocchio nose!]]
Spiderman remembered, “With great power comes great responsibility.” We sorely need “a few good” to take the lead. We’re looking for humble motivators, empathetic communicators, equitable managers, and free delegators. And we look to and fro, hunting for a place that teaches by example something called integrity: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles… truthful.”
Wouldn’t it be great if every manager had the following important Words on their desktop?
with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves
Do not be wise in your own estimation.
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
We need a few good men.