1 Way to Break the Cycle of The Flip-Flopping “Leader”

Have you ever worked with someone that has a title but:

  • Struggles to take a clear stand on heated issues, causing them to flip-flop so often – that no one knows where they really stand?
  • Manipulates the truth to control the outcome?

Where there is smoke there is usually fire.

  • And yet, far too often people stumble over the truth, and then hurry off as if nothing happened.

As I’ve been pondering a specific situation that involves this type of behavior, the election process in the U.S. has provided endless fuel for those thoughts and caused me to seriously question why and how we choose our leaders.

If they look promising but cheat to achieve their results – do we recognize that smoke as a fire signal?

If they say they agree with us on the issues that matter to us but have a pattern of lying – do we listen to their words or base our decisions on their actions?

Is it unrealistic to expect employees, titled leaders and politicians to tell the truth?

Or have we unconsciously decided that it is too hard and too time consuming to invest our time and energy in our search for truth?

I am convinced that once organizational health is properly understood and placed into the right context it will surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage. Really.

~ Patrick Lencioni

Flip Flopping, Half-Truths and Lies may please in the moment…

  • But they can’t be maintained.
  • “It’s all about me” and “I’m looking out for number one” thinking moves in.
  • Silos, politics and turf wars reign.
  • Obstacles can’t be identified and eliminated.
  • Problems aren’t solved.
  • Unresolved issues grow – and will be even harder to repair and heal. 

We will always be impacted by what we create and allow.

Want real healing, real solutions and real results in your home, your workplaces and our world?

Mine for truth and shine a light on it!

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President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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2 thoughts on “1 Way to Break the Cycle of The Flip-Flopping “Leader”

  1. Excellent post Chery!

    Without honesty and truth in our workplaces, there is no transparency or accountability. Working with one client recently, it became clear that their pending merger would not be as successful if they weren’t telling the truth to the employees. There needed to be a clear flow of information with accurate facts and direction.

    Thanks Chery!