“We love the security of the illusion that someone is in control. Even more than the discomfort of a potentially more creative process. That’s how we want our leaders: ”Reassuringly blameable.”
Of course carrying that blameability accounts for a lot of the crankier behaviour we see in managers.
I don’t like to get too caught up in competing definitions of leadership, but I think Phelim’s is pretty thought provoking:
Well I think I would say it’s to model being comfortable with being uncomfortable. To be comfortable not knowing.
I think leadership is often mixed up with a kind of vehement conviction and I think this provides a good pushback to that.