misunderstood leadership

One of the expressions readily used by senior leaders and by conferences promoting their offerings is:

Everything rises and falls on leadership

Whilst many will shout a hearty ‘Amen!” to the statement, the danger lurks in how it is heard and the way people interpret it. The interpretation that some may receive and abide by is dangerous and destructive.

This expression is often heard as:

Everything rises and falls on the leader

This interpretation is wrong and should be avoided at all costs. This is a place of great danger and is, at best, misunderstood leadership.