Lesson in Leadership

Ten Signs Your CEO Is A Weak Leader

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

The CEO honestly seemed like a doofus, and a pompous one at that. He was unprepared and almost rude with us.

At our facility, we all met in the lunchroom and our new CEO came in talked to us for about twenty minutes.

Since everyone has been worried about layoffs, our Controller Megan asked him “What can you tell our employees about possible consolidations, layoffs and severance packages for people who leave?” and the CEO asked her “Who’s your manager?”

That was his answer. Megan is very polite and respectful. She wasn’t in his face. The CEO just didn’t  like her question.

Megan is ready to find a new job if she needs one and doesn’t care about keeping her head low. She answered him this way: “Who’s my manager? Does the answer to my question about possible layoffs and severance packages require you to know my manager’s name?”

The CEO bristled. You could tell he doesn’t like  it when people ask him questions he isn’t ready to answer.

The CEO said “Your manager will share those details with you at the appropriate time. This is not the forum for that discussion.” Then he didn’t take any more questions from the audience!

Our old CEO is transitioning out of the company, so the grapevine says. I’m grateful that I had a tremendous eight months in the old company and now I’m open-minded about the merger but I’m not getting positive signs.

Since the new year we haven’t had one email update about what the future holds, or one visit or contact from our new company’s HR team.

Every project is on hold. If I were CEO, I wouldn’t  keep projects on hold for months! I don’t know about the combined company, but in our company (which is now a division) sales are down twenty percent from the last quarter of 2015.

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