“A friend once told me that leaders are like teabags—you don’t see their true colors until you put them in hot water.” Ron Price
In leadership, you can only fake for so long because a crisis always shows the real characteristics of a leader. Arne Sorenson, the former Marriot CEO, gave a master class of what real, authentic, inspirational leadership was all about during the heights of the Covid 19 crisis that left the world at a standstill. True leadership always begins with the inner person, according to John Maxwell.
The character of a leader will filter into the entire organization and its employees. Great character will create the potential for a great organization. But, it all begins with the leader’s heart, and Mr. Sorenson exemplified this perfectly.
There are many so-called leaders whose only concern is their self-preservation at the expense of their team during these very challenging times. You can only fake for so long, and this crisis has revealed to many people the real character of their leader.