Is not it strange that in organizational life, leaders try to cover-up, hide and disguise their leadership quality when every employee sees the real story and knows the truth? There is no surprise that leaders think they are better than non-managers say they are, as they hardly ever take the time to look in the mirror. A mirror exposes truth and reality that we try so hard to hide.
Look into mirror and take a long look to see how well you are doing as a leader. You will be anxious from the results – not doing as effective a job as you may have thought, at least according to your followers. According to the Kenexa Research Institute’s Employee Confidence Index for this past year, the globally average difference between how effective managers say they are and how non-managers say the managers are is surprising 12 percent.
This difference reminds me of the monkey who climbs all the way to the top of the tree. Once he reaches the top, he looks back and sees a crowd of people staring up at him. As he looks at this crowd he sees them pointing and smiling. Success! Right? But what is it that people are seeing and smiling when they look up from the ground to the monkey on the tree? They are laughing as the monkey is exposing his backside.