A group of colonial era attired men look disappointed or sad as they each reach to sign a document. Behind them is a large United States of America flag. Source: Midjourney

Our Nation’s Founders Would be Embarrassed by Our Leadership

When the United States of America was founded, we had great leadership. Today, our nations founders would be embarrassed by our leadership.
A Midjourney generated image of an oil-painting style, shows 3 distraught founding fathers signing a document with the United States of Florida flag behind them. They seem embarrassed by our leadership.

Happy Independence Day, United States of America! It was on the 4th of July, 1776 that the Continental Congress adopted our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. The men who signed that document would be embarrassed by our leadership. The creation of that document, it’s adoption, and the freedom of our nation would not have been possible without great leadership.

The 56 leaders who signed The Declaration of Independence knew great leadership. They practiced the same 7 principles all great leadership advocates teach today.

In those days, leadership was appreciated. It was taught. It was sought. It was valued. And, it was practiced. What have we done with the great examples of leadership provided by our founding fathers?

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸฝU.S. Businesses lose $1 Trillion annually, to voluntary employee turnover

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿฝ63% of millennials lack the leadership development they need to succeed

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿฝ84% of workers say poorly trained managers create unnecessary stress

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸฝNearly 80% of companies report a leadership development gap

๐Ÿ‘Ž๐ŸฝOnly 11% of HR leaders feel they have a strong bench of leadership talent

The average college graduate, possessing a bachelor’s degree, invested 4,000 hours honing their professional skills. When promoted to a people leadership role, which requires an entirely different skillset, that same person may get a 3-day course.

Yes, our nation’s founders would be embarrassed by our workplace leadership. So, this Independence Day, maybe we should celebrate those leaders by committing to invest in our organizational leadership.

This post also appeared on our LinkedIn Newsletter at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/our-nations-founders-would-embarrassed-leadership-lichtenwalner-mba/

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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Benโ€™s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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