How to Avoid Echo Chamber Leadership

Episode #408
February 20, 2018
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Podcast Episode #408

Echo chambers can be disastrous for leaders. Today we discuss ways you can protect yourself from leading in an echo chamber.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Leaders must surround themselves with people who are not echo chambers.
  • Employees need to remember they are there to serve the organization, not vice versa.
  • Sycophants tend to kill teamwork.
  • It’s easy to want to retreat into the echo chamber when you’re getting criticized publicly online.
  • Because of the internet, moral failure among leaders is more widely known and visible.
  • Lack of accountability is one of the leading contributors to moral failure.

The six keys to avoiding echo chamber leadership are:

  1. It is the leader’s responsibility to avoid the echo chamber.
  2. Sycophants are extremely dangerous.
  3. Leaders must seek out people who care enough about them to speak truth to them.
  4. Social media and blogs can drive leadership to the echo chamber.
  5. The leader’s response to contrary opinions and criticisms will send a message to the watching world.
  6. Moral failure is common among leaders who dwell in echo chambers.

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