Leadership – Sometimes It Includes Telling People to Shut Up…

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Leadership

So, there's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Barack Obama… Lots of posts related to talent to follow on BO in the next four years, I'm sure…

Meanwhile, back at the McCain camp, the finger pointing started heating up the day after the election as operatives in the McCain camp started leaking allegations that Sarah Palin is….well, difficult, demanding and less than knowledgable…

From Fox News (email subscribers click through for video):

My in-laws were in town during election week, and that meant Fox News was on pretty much all day – and of course, they were shocked that Fox News would run this report.  I had a different take…

Where the heck is John McCain when his own campaign flunkies started pointing fingers and trying to hack someone's reputation so they could make themselves free of accountability?

Regardless of how you feel about Palin (I don't know what she knows about Africa or NAFTA), there's a pretty simple law of leadership on display here.  If you bring someone into the fold and it doesn't go well, don't complain.  Don't allow others to leak, gossip and point the finger.  Treat the person on the team with respect and a basic level of dignity, and demand that everyone else does as well.  Don't sit on the sidelines why your own team rips the person you brought in.

It's not the media.  It's your own team, reporting it to the news outlet that's widely reported to be most friendly to your cause.

You're the leader.  You recruited them, defend them and lock it down. You owe them that much.

Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.