There's an incongruity between time and money devoted to leadership development and the number of articles about bad bosses. Maybe its' time to re-visit the definition of "bad."
I've seen very few organizations care about bad bosses who "make the numbers." In fact, the very people described by employees as "bad bosses" may be the very bosses who keep the shareholders happy.
We all pay attention to what our bosses pay attention to. When people get rewarded solely 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 still going to get the behavior that is actually rewarded.
What's getting rewarded in your organization?
If you want to see something different in leadership. . .
My friend Alex Kjerulf, The Chief Happiness Officer, is speaking at the World Blu Live 2008 conference on democratic leadership in New York City, October 16-17. If the organizers shoot a media pass this way I'll blog it in between client meetings:-)
Don't forget the Top Small Workplaces 2008 Conference coming up in Chicago.
And in honor of the upcoming National Bosses Day, Dan McCarthy has published the 4th edition of The Carnival of Leadership with lots of good reading.