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 Gegelman was once a frustrated visionary that learned how to instigate and lead system-wide change.

Today she brings understanding and inspiration to individuals and organizations that seek to lead through change to growth. She an award winning leadership blogger, and recognized on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers.

Chery lives across the ocean from her home in a land she once said she never wanted to visit, embracing opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

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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!