Many people in leadership positions destroy people in their organizations, consciously and unconsciously. This is because they created an environment so toxic that people are more preoccupied with finding the next job or protecting themselves from the forces within as opposed to protecting the company from the forces externally.
According to Simon Sinek, if someone feels safe enough to raise their hands and say, “I made a mistake” or “I need some help,” that leader has created an environment where their people feel safe to be themselves. However, if someone is so focused on “covering themselves” and sending a CYA email after every conversation or meeting, that leader has created a toxic culture that shouts NOT SAFE, every man/woman for themselves.
Great leaders create an environment where their people can be themselves but, more importantly, to become the very best version of themselves.