Every once in a while, someone comes out of nowhere and captures our imagination – maybe even inspires us. Last week, it was 62 year old General Larry Platt, appearing on American Idol with his viral hit “Pants on the ground”. Thanks to Sarah for bringing it to my attention.
If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look. Warning: once you hear this song, you’ll be hooked!
As leaders, what does it mean to have your “pants on the ground”? What are those punk-like behaviors that could cause a leader to look like a fool, and eventually fail?
I’ll draw from the work of the Center for Creative Leadership’s research on executive derailers, Marshall Goldsmith’s book “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”, and my own experience and submit the following:
1. Arrogance and insensitivity to others
Whether it’s yelling, screaming, and berating, or a more subtle approach to letting everyone else don’t they don’t matter, everybody can’t stand an arrogant jerk.
Not listening is another way of displaying arrogance and insensitivity, even if you don’t mean to be.
Getting things done by manipulating people shows a lack of authenticity and keeps people guessing what your true intentions are. It fosters a lack of trust.
4. Lack of integrity
Lying, cheating, fibbing, blaming others for your mistakes – it only takes one mistake to ruin a reputation for life.
A “me first” approach, inability to collaborate or build a team, and unwillingness to collaborate.
If you’ve ever been told you display any of these traits, then do yourself and everyone around you a big favor – get some help!
Pants on the ground
wax in yo ears,