Big blurb in the Post this morning, but I’m not sure it’s “news.” Some of our most legendary leaders could probably be characterized as “abusive”, but generally (pardon the pun!) they were abusive to knuckleheads and fiercely loyal to those who did their jobs. We can all name a few folks who seemed to have forgotten that they were promoted to senior ranks not by the sheer force of their personality, but by the deeds and actions of those who worked for them. When that happens the system almost always gets it right and fixes the problem. Usually the abusive leaders wind up stewing in their own juices. Maybe the real headline is not that there are more abusive leaders these days, but more knuckleheads!
On a serious note, there’s no room in our Armed Forces for abusive leaders who belittle their subordinates (for any reason), take advantage of their position for personal gratification or profit, or forget to acknowledge the sacrifice and hard work of others that enabled their promotion. I hope the take-away is not that the ranks of our Armed Forces are filled with abusive leaders, but that the system identifies and removes the limited number who exist. It’s a long article, so here’s the link. Let me know what you think!