Plausible Deniability
October 25th, 2011 Posted by admin

"Plausible Deniability - credible ability to deny a fact or allegation, or to deny previous knowledge of a fact."  -  Wikipedia

“Plausible deniability” – a term that has been widely used in politics when decisions are made without the head of government’s knowledge or consent. This term has successfully crossed over into the private sector with many CEO’s and leaders of organizations saying “I never authorized that”. The first question that begs to be answered is: “With whom does the buck stop?”

Other questions that are screaming for a response are:

Did the acts happen under your watch as leader?

Who takes ownership of the problem?

Who should be held accountable?

Have you, as the leader, placed unreasonable demands on your team for results?

Have you ever literally or otherwise said “I don’t care how you get it done, just do it!”?

What processes do you have in place to ensure that legal, ethical and moral standards are followed?

What checks and balances are in place to prevent the likelihood of such acts recurring?

The level 5 leader looks in the mirror and accepts responsibility when things go wrong. What kind of leader are you?

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