I don’t know one person who would sit on a single-legged stool. Yet, I know many who believe that a single super-hero leader can sustain companies. You know them too. Heck, you might even be one of them. We want to believe that—it makes the story easier to understand. And we love stories, don’t we?
We buy that Steve Jobs was Apple, that Elon Musk is Tesla. The world bombards us with success stories and quasi-mythological characters that explain a firm’s success in shows we watch, in the news we read, in conversation, everywhere. Believing these narratives creates one big problem: We coddle bad Leaders because “they’re brilliant.”
Leaders who cause dependence are bad, no matter how brilliant they seem. They create two issues in their organizations: Fragility and Bad Culture.