One of the most disappointing experiences I’ve ever had had to do with a leader I had many years ago. Throughout the year he was rarely present. Through his personal illness and extended vacations it was extremely rare for him to be at work. When he was at work he caused more problems than he solved. It almost felt as if he received some kind of twisted satisfaction in knocking people down a notch or two. It was as if he loved to slow down progress.
Despite this manager’s best effort to keep us from it our team succeeded. We surpassed all of our goals and set a few records. When our annual end of the year recognition celebration commenced he was in an extremely good mood although ignoring the presence of the people by his side that go us there. He was called to the stage in front of hundreds of people and thanked everyone and explained everything he did to reach this summit. All the people on the team were looking at each other in disbelief. It felt like we were slapped in the face with a wet towel. Although we weren’t surprised by his actions (because that was the type of person he was) we were surprised to see that others were eating up every word as if it were the truth.