This one is from a book by Ken Blanchard:
One of the worst concepts in the history of leadership theory is the “Peter Principle”. According to the Peter Principle, people in organizations tend to rise to their level of incompetence. In other words, they keep getting promoted until they become a failure. This concept lets managers off the hook.
Good leaders are committed to helping their people win. When someone fails, they accept responsibility for that failure. Anytime you fire someone who works for you or anytime you are looking for a place to hide someone who works for you (Lawrence Peter called this “a lateral arabesque”), step up to a mirror and take a peek. In most cases, the biggest cause of the problem is looking you in the eyes.
The main job of a leader is to help his or her people succeed in accomplishing their goals. And when people accomplish their goals and win, everyone wins.
“if you want to know why your people are not performing well, step up to the mirror and take a peek”.
Let’s Continue to Win in 2010!