Politics is one of the most interesting aspects in this country and is filled with controversy and corruptness. It is hard for me to sit here and believe that Gov. Christie was not cognizant of the fact that Bridgegate was not going to take place. Many are quick to lie and say this or that to keep the blame off of them. This was a prime case of line authority and top-down authority, which flows from the top to the bottom. Even if he did not know, when he found out, what did he do or what could have been done to counteract this threat to public safety. What I have noticed among some politicians is that they are quick to say what they are going to do when they get into office but we know that happens only a few times. This is highly unethical and puts the trust of the people on edge because we do not know who is really for the people. Guthrie stated, “If you create a culture of lying, bullying and deceit, whether or not you direct people to take those actions, your staff likely will follow suit.” This reminds me of the game, “Simon says.” If the leader does it then it is understood that the staff can do it as well.
In an effort to not be succumbed to this type of happening again, leaders have to ask themselves what type of people they need around them. Leaders are “more likely to be effective in achieving change or finishing a project if your group includes a variety of personality types: the ideas person, the visionary, the person who counsels caution, the one who insists on thinking through every detail, the completer-finisher” (Mason, 2006, p. 20). Leaders should always employ those better than them.
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Guthrie, D. (2014, January 16). Who’s to blame for creating a toxic organizational culture? Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougguthrie/2014/01/16/whos-to-blame-for-creating-a-toxic-organizational-culture/