In Act I Scene 2 of Shakespeare’s play, Othello, Iago (who aligns himself with the two-faced God, Janus) is the story’s primary agent of change and his actions cause the downfall of the main characters. Without Iago’s scheming, Othello and Desdemona would likely have remained married and Cassio in a respected position of power. The two-faced God, Janus, is the perfect visual metaphor for Iago, who appears selfless and compassionate but, in truth, is power-hungry, amoral, and without regard for the well-being of others.
We hold our leaders (business, government and religious) to high standards of behaviour, believing that their role is to put the good of the many over those of the few, the good of the stakeholders above their own. And in many cases, we do hear these ideals repeated in their speeches and writing.
But, as we all know, words are cheap.
It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality. ~Harold Geneen
The real litmus test for leadership is this:
Do they talk and behave in private (when the crowd isn’t watching) the same as they do in the public, or corporate, spotlight?
Does your organisation have leaders with integrity, or Janus-leaders?
Tight Lines . . .
John R Childress