The CEO as shepherd



The CEO as shepherd

Blog, 25 May 2016

You’re allowed to express your disappointment about not getting that promotion in an insulting email, tweet or group chat about your CEO. Freedom of speech, right?

That’s certainly the way to destroy your further career or get fired. There are enough leaders out there who think they’re the best thing that ever happened to the company. They’re not impressed by different opinions or disagreement. Manfred Kets de Vries calls this type of leader a psychopath.

It hurts a lot if you voice a clear opinion about obvious violations at your company and you then become the victim yourself.

A company is not a democracy, but it’s not a dictatorship either

In general, voicing your opinion is greatly appreciated. The modern leader will not treat their staff badly out of enlightened self-interest. After all, who wants to work for or with a tyrant? For many, it’s a question of how to give criticism and especially, how to receive it. Fortunately, there are courses for this. At the end of the day, it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

A supervisory board wants a CEO who has authority, wants to get the best out of their staff and encourages an open exchange of ideas. In turn, a CEO can ask their supervisory board to walk around the company and build up knowledge and information. This can only lead to meaningful discussions. Employees can at least express their opinion freely and not just tell the boss what they think they want to hear.

The executive searchers at Maes & Lunau search daily for people who dare to voice an authentic, clear and intelligent opinion.

Mattijs Kropholler
Managing Partner
Maes & Lunau Executive Search
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