As I left the man's office, I couldn't help but think his company was succeeding despite him. It could have been the way he talked in terms of "I" instead of "we," how he talked about making all the decisions instead of empowering his people or how most of his people worked there not because they wanted to, but solely because of the paycheck.
So much has been written about great leadership and the success that happens when men and women emerge to lead people in a way that creates the best version of themselves. But a different question has been gnawing at me after I left his office:
What does it truly cost us to have poor leadership?
After a lot of research and reflection, it begins with the knowledge that cost isn't just monetary. When you look at the definition of cost, it talks about "outlay or expenditure." Sure there are countless examples of where the outlay or expenditure of poor leadership was millions if not billions of dollars, but here are some of the real costs of poor leadership: