Karoom sits in his office and rarely ventures out. The other employees chaff under his leadership—resenting the fact that he is virtually unapproachable and unwilling to listen. He is not a bad person. He is afraid of making mistakes. So, instead of welcoming the feedback of others and making the effort to know the team that works for him, he keeps to himself. His own quality of work is good—that’s why he was hired. But leaders who isolate themselves do not fare well in the long run.
There are many reasons why Karoom and leaders like him operate the way they do. First, underlying their isolationist tendencies is a foundation of insecurity. In Karrom’s case, he was heavily criticized by his parents growing up. He has a huge need to please, and to measure up, but he is overbearing and controlling as a leader to hide his inner lack of confidence. He doesn’t dare let those who work for him see him as vulnerable, so he hides behind his desk.
Second, Karoom is all about Karoom. He really doesn’t care that much about others. He wants to make a lot of money, get promoted and be left alone. He has never really known what it means to be loved so he loves himself.
Third, sound judgment is not to be found. Because he figures his fate is tied to what his bosses think of him, he remains continually focused on pleasing them and ignores any attempts by his subordinates to give him constructive feedback. He rarely, if ever, gives them praise. They know he does not care about them except when it effects his own reputation. Consequently, his team suffers high turnover and eventually this pattern will be his undoing.
Is there any hope for leaders like Karoom? Yes! The need to isolate and the condition of insecurity are both tied to pride. Karoom needs Jesus! Jesus would give him unconditional love. Jesus would show him that he can never measure up out of his own effort, but that He has taken care of this through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Jesus models how to correctly treat others. Pray that Karoom meets Jesus and that either a boss or a subordinate who knows the Savior can help love him into the kingdom. Then, instead of being isolated and insecure, he can become included and confident.
. . . if individuality does not become transfigured by the grace of God, it becomes objectionable, egotistical, and conceited, interested only in its own independence. When natural independence merges into independence of God it becomes sin, and sin isolated and destroys and ultimately damns the personal life. Jesus Christ lays His axe at the root of independence.—Oswald Chambers in The Servant as His Lord
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