Monday, November 19, 2012

The power to avoid subordinate evaluation.

Socrates takes credit for observing that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It would be difficult to find a better measure of conduct and competence in leaders, than the honest opinions of their subordinates; in particular of subordinates with demonstrable capability to participate meaningfully in that evaluation.  Teachers for example.

In fact, power doesn't corrupt absolutely; power doesn't corrupt at all.

The opportunity to abuse power without being held accountable for that abuse, does corrupt, absolutely.

Good leaders accept accountability,
great leaders demand it.

Great leaders provide for open and honest subordinate evaluation
of their performance and of their character.

APS Supt Winston Brooks
does not.

photo Mark Bralley

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