Leadership Matters

Leadership Matters

Effective leaders know they have two prime accountabilities; the technical management of their organizations and more critically, the creation of a culture. Culture creates the context that guides expertise. Culture is how your constituency knows what to do when there is a gap in the “rules”.

Effective leadership knows that behavior, words, decisions and your definition of expectations is, ultimately, more important than the “rules”. Leadership, at its essence, is a reflection of the morality you bring to the table. Leadership recognizes and engages facts no matter the difficulties that those facts may represent.

Two assassinated Police Officers in New York City are representatives of the horrific failure of leadership there.

The facts are that African Americans are more so in jeopardy to other African Americans than they are to police. The facts are that Messrs. Garner and Brown were resisting police; had that not been the case they would be alive today. The facts are that the N.Y.P.D. is 60% minority.

The fact is that when you as a leader create a public context in support of a culture that insists on a narrative absent facts cops and others die. Leaders empower behaviors by word and deed.

The progression is clear to see in New York; cops standing to their duty as they are spit on, standing to their posts as illegal demonstrations are allowed to inhibit access and impair public safety. Cops abused as they stand to protect their abusers.

The Black community has valid issues: family cohesion, education, opportunity and yes actual racism, none of which has been effectively addressed by self-designated leaders. Killing cops won’t solve those issues, violence won’t solve those issues, spitting on cops won’t solve those issues and the predictable backlash won’t solve those issues.

Leadership matters; in New York Mayor DiBlasio sided with a narrative absent a factual context. A narrative representative of a point of view guaranteed to fan passions, hatred and the justification of grievance, both real and imagined.

If indeed leadership values represent a moral center, Mayor DiBlasio stands accused.

  • Bob

    I HAVE TWO THOUGHTS HERE:

    First is if you ORGANIZE, ATTEND OR EVEN CONDONE PROTEST PEACEFUL OR NOT that chant “What do you want, Dead cops, When do you want them, Now!” you are as guilty as the shooter for these murders.

    Second is the quote by NAACP President Cornell William Brooks: “To link the criminal insanity of a lone gun man to the peaceful protest and aspirations on many people across the country including the Attorney General, the Mayor and the President is simply not fair.” Now correct me if I’m wrong here but doesn’t every time there is a mass shooting in America the left LUMPS GUN OWNERS AND THE NRA AS BEING AT FAULT TO A LONE GUN MANS ACTIONS ?

    • This entire sad and tragic episode is a lesson in reaping what you sow. You tell people cops are indiscriminately murdering blacks all over the place, you’re gonna incite lunatics to exact the revenge you say is needed.

      May those two murdered officers rest in peace and may God bestow blessing and comfort on their families.

      Also, Bob, you just wait. I’m sure the NRA and Sarah Palin are responsible here as well.

  • Bob

    Landreaux/Nate:

    Continuing with your theme of “Leadership Matters” comes an article from the “Military Times” (link is within the article) . It shows that not only is “Bolshevik Bill” Di Blasio not popular among the people sworn to protect him and the nation but President Obama approval has gone down from a 35% among the military in 2009 to 15% today. His disapproval rising from 40% to 55% today

    The article is entitled: Obama Support among Military Plummets To 15%”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/395212/obama-support-among-military-plummets-15-percent-john-fund

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