Bad Bosses are getting lots of blog space.
When I posted Lots of Leadership Training But Still Lots of Bad Bosses, my mindset was about the incongruence between time and money devoted to leadership development and the number of articles and posts about bad bosses.
But that's only part of the story. And it's really a small part.
Carmine at Slow Leadership mentioned my post in his new newsletter (go to the upper right hand corner of his blog to subscribe . He does his usual fine job of commenting on issues that are meaningful). His remarks regarding my post are dead on:
"My own view is that organizations really don't care about bad bosses who 'bring home the bacon,' so the only ones put under pressure to change are those the organization is likely to get rid of anyway."
We all pay attention to what our bosses pay attention to. When people get rewarded by their bosses for behavior that produces profit, then that behavior becomes acceptable--even if it's bad. You can send those folks to ten different leadership development programs that model respectful practices. But you're going to get the behavior that is rewarded.