The Danger of a Larger-Than-Life Boss (or Leader)
Here is a great article on MSNBC about the Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno/Penn State scandal and the danger of a larger-than-life boss. I want to focus on two points made by writer Allison Linn.
First, she warns how reverence for a boss or coach can become a problem:
The first danger is that employees focus on pleasing and protecting their boss rather than doing good work or exposing wrongdoing. A second problem is that employees become afraid to question the boss or criticize any of his or her ideas.
Does this sound familiar? Recent posts by TEAM/LIFE members have been centered on praising their leader, Orrin Woodward instead of asking legitimate questions about their business “opportunity.” Dissension is not tolerated within TEAM/LIFE; do so, and you’ll run the risk of getting your business screwed over by the Policy Council.
Second, Linn writes about the ego-inflating bubble effect that leaders (and their followers) may be susceptible to:
Still, it’s an easy rut to get into and tough one to break free from. Great leaders are often revered both inside and outside their organizations, and that can easily feed the ego.
“It’s hard to essentially not believe your own press and not to believe that you’re invincible,” Amabile said.
TEAM/LIFE leaders love touting their own press, even their own manufactured press. As for their followers, they sure enjoy parroting whatever their leaders say! What I fail to see on the part of the TEAM/LIFE leadership is any sense of accountability for the clear failures over the past 15 years. How many people became financially successful when they were in Amway? How many people became financially successful during their short time in MonaVie? How many people are making a profit after expenses while a part of LIFE?
Seriously, this is a problem endemic to pretty much all MLM businesses. Bad traits don’t just disappear once someone goes Diamond; if anything, these traits may be amplified. MLM members should be wary any time they see their “leader” be deified on stage, on CD, or in a meeting.
Check out the original article and share your thoughts in the comments section below.