Losing the Plot
It’s fair to say that there are, sadly, many examples of where people in high office appear to have ‘lost the plot’. Where their ability to stay centred, balanced, objective and make coherent statements has been tested – beyond their capacity to hold it together.
When Donald Trump had his outburst about the level of fraud in the electoral system in the US we might say that even for someone of his colourful communication, he appeared to have lost the plot. Equally, it would seem that there are insufficient people around him, able to save him from himself when needed.
This has me thinking about the need for all leaders to ensure they have trusted advisers who are open and honest with them. These might be peers, external mentors or friends, or family members or indeed anyone whose judgment we trust to give us a good dose of reality when it’s needed.
As leaders, having the humility and groundedness to know that we all need someone or a series of someone’s to tell us when we are pushing something (or ourselves) too far helps us to overcome any imbalances that may surface. No matter how passionate we are about a given subject, if we move into the red zone or lose our sense of perspective, we need the trusted ’critical friend’ to bring us back to our senses.
This is even more important when we have huge levels of responsibility and accountability – the weight of a huge role can create distortions and pull us off balance. So, ensuring we travel with key, trusted advisers is crucial to ensuring the integrity of our leadership. Who keeps you on the right track?