Do you assume the motivation behind the ambitious manager is the
desire to make a difference or the craving for power , status and
rewards that go with it? Maybe it’s always a mixture of both but for
those who adopt the chaos theory of leadership it’s defiantly the
latter. For the overconfident, extremely ambitious the aim is to get
the top job and to keep it as long as possible. To this end they aim
to disguise lack of leadership skills, gaps in knowledge and
weaknesses of character by deliberately creating anarchy and a
constant state of confusion.
The best managers to work for are the ones who you know what
they believe in and more specifically where they stand on issues which
means when you’re in meetings/ discussions you can say with
confidence what their position is. It stands to reason that the
opposite are the worst to work for. If your boss keeps changing their
mind, if they are inconsistent, if they are tactical rather than
strategic, pragmatic rather than idealistic, lacking a moral compass
and motivated by self interest, prepared to undermine team members
rather than support them and with a tendency to blame others rather
than accept responsibility then they are a nightmare to work for.
Don’t assume this indicates a lack of intelligence or
unintentional confusion this is deliberate. The chaos they choose to
creat is both a distraction and a camouflage.
It’s the chaos theory of leadership in action.
Blair Mcpherson former Director, author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk