Posted By Kurt Johnston
By now you have probably heard about the unfortunate firing of a Department of Agriculture employee over race-related comments that have since appeared to br taken out of context.
In the article linked below you can read more of the details as well as see an example of what I believe was a missed opportunity for President Obama (hopefully it works…I’m still not quite sure how to do some basic functions on the iPad). When mistakes are made and things begin to go a little haywire, it is tempting for leaders to pass the buck and affix the blame elsewhere.
In this case the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, may be very much to blame….but I think Obama missed a great opportunity when he publicly pointed the finger Vilsack’s direction.
Our culture has created a climate where leaders are afraid to admit any level of fault because their foes are lurking in the shadows ready to pounce on any mistake or sign of weakness (sadly our church cultures are not a whole lot different). So in an attempt to look strong and confident leaders often reveal weakness and insecurity by pointing fingers and hoping none of the crap that just hit the fan splatters on them.
Why am I passionate about the topic? Because I have made the mistake several times myself and have seen the lack of trust it causes in those I lead. I have also managed to get it right a few
times and have enjoyed the trust it builds.