Before writing anything else let me be clear this is not a political post but simply a brief thought about leadership and responsibility.
How can a leader still be left standing and in their position after so many failings?
The crux of the entire story is that during the comment period there was a surprisingly high number of issues ranging from the site being unavailable, according to the FCC “under DDoS attack”, something that was quickly proven to be a lie but also extended to a suspicious comment behavior that were telltale of Bots being used to flood the comments with fake comments (a vast majority of which were for the repeal of Net Neutrality.)
At the time Mr Pai had denied any allegations on both counts but after the evidence became overwhelming he threw the FCC’s CIO, David Bray, under the bus claiming to have received incorrect information. This was not done to protect the FCC but to protect himself, we’ll get back to this a bit later.
Now, what kind of organization looks at it’s leader who has now thrown multiple people under the bus to try and cover up problems, proceeds to lie over and over again, not to protect the organization but him/herself and think that person is fit to lead anyone or anything?
That’s the point I wanted to get to with this post.
Leaders do have to make sure they protect their company even if that means jumping on their own sword. In some cases a sacrificial lamb must be found but that should never be to save the person but rather the organization. There are good ways and bad ways to accomplish that.
Just last week in a conversation with my kids I reminded them as a the leader you are always responsible and any leader who doesn’t take on the responsibility of failure in their organization is likely a poor leader.
There are exceptions to this but as a whole it holds true.