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Government Shutdown and the Real Role of Leadership

As with most people in the United States I have watched the unfolding of a stand off between the President and Congress with keen interest. My focus recently has been upon the role of leadership or this case a lack of true leadership. It is possible this politicians should take a moment to read an article entitled “Shared Leadership.”

As a Business Adviser, I work hard to simplify what is actually happening – using the Law of Cause and Effect to clarity the reality of situation. So here are my observations regarding this apparent deadlock of ideals…

First, blame is not of any interest to me. You can blame all of them if you desire. In fact, I have observed many discussions and diatribes assigning blame to everyone – which in my opinion is not an accurate effort. It is true however there is a lack of real leadership within all groups – White House and Congress.

Second, ego is showing it’s ugly head during all this crisis which is never a good thing. Also, there is a heavy dose of power and title positions being used to “assign the blame for the mess” without much action being demonstrated to the public.

Third, missing from these debates and finger pointing is the true issue – what is best for the country AND ITS PEOPLE. Agendas and platforms have taken to the front of the stage rather than collaboration and synergy to create a win-win environment for everyone.

Fourth, a line has been drawn in the sand with a winner take all approach (idealistic attitude and approach). This manner uses – unfortunately for everyone in the country – an absolutist position or agenda. There is no “let’s fix this for the good of the whole,” it is all about my agenda.

Fifth, this is clearly a leadership issue whereby the players involved have no ability to show empathy or understanding for the other side’s position or agenda. And, when both sides act the same way – then objectivity and rationally are totally absent from the negotiations or situation solution.

This is a pure case of poor leadership involved in the key positions with both being stubborn and absolutist in dealing with the issues. I have found these traits in corporate and business people. And, usually there is some form of drop off in productivity and especially effectiveness with their performance.

Often when consulting with the leaders of organizations, I use  sophisticated assessments to uncover their natural strengths and weaknesses including their ability to make “quality choices and decisions.” If I find certain patterns or traits within their assessment, then I know the bias will be present relative to their personal beliefs and philosophies. While on the surface this does not appear to be big issue – it can be since their beliefs and philosophies are their own thus may not be universally accepted.

What is missing in the simplification of this problem is a lack of leadership influence using a collaborative process designed to create a synergistic “win-win” solution. The fact of the matter is there is NO majority on any of the points being raised. Therefore, there needs to be a huge amount of “robust dialogue” between the “leadership” to find areas of agreement and ways to appease the goals and objectives of each side for win-win results (compromise is a win-lose or lose-lose in most cases and should be replaced with synergistic win-wins)

It is time for these leaders to get away from their personal or party agendas and begin to think about what they have been charged to do – TO SERVE THE PEOPLE.

There is little room for all the other agendas – race, religion, demographics of any kind, regionalism, political parties, etc. There are REAL ISSUES to be resolved – taking care of all the peoples healthcare and the financial stability of our country. Both of which are close to failing if leadership does not begin to deal with issue the right way – robust and open dialogue to find synergistic win-win solutions.

It can be done, should be done and hopefully WILL be done.

The Federal Government is really no different from every business entity – both large and small – when it comes to accountability and the drive to perform and succeed. No business can remain in business if they close their doors. Every time a business closes down everyone is hurt – the owners, the employees, the local governments, the economy and the customers who no longer have the choice to use that business.

In summary, this is a major government problem. It can also be an organizational problem when the leadership forgets their true process – leading their organization into the future. Stay focused upon the right things and have the integrity and ethics to do your work for the good of the whole.

It is all about the others, rather than you.

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Voss Graham

CEO / Sr Business Advisor at InnerActive Consulting Group Inc
Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes. Creating the Strategic Focus with the Executive Leadership Teams, he uses Systems & Process to ensure the Drivers for Business Growth are Executed at the Highest Levels. Voss is available as a Speaker for your conferences or company meetings - contact him at 901-757-4434 or use the LinkedIn or Facebook direct messages.

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Voss Graham

Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes. Creating the Strategic Focus with the Executive Leadership Teams, he uses Systems & Process to ensure the Drivers for Business Growth are Executed at the Highest Levels. Voss is available as a Speaker for your conferences or company meetings - contact him at 901-757-4434 or use the LinkedIn or Facebook direct messages.