Staff time waits reflect badly on leadership

What kind of leader does the City of Victoria have?

Re: Waiting game playing out at city hall (News, Nov. 23)

It has taken me a full week for my blood pressure to lower before I could put pen to paper, I was so outraged. I have come across three types of leader in my 40 years in corporate life.

Those “who know,” which is exhibited by good decision-making at least 70 per cent of the time, consulting of one’s team, but not afraid to make a decision.

Someone who can admit a mistake and learn from it, etc.

Then there are those who “do not know,” soon recognize it and either move on, step back or get moved out.

Then there is the worst possible kind of leader, the person who “does not know” and does not know they do not know.

Such a leader exhibits poor time management, inability to prioritize, is self-righteous, deals with problems using off-the-wall solutions, analyzes facts to the nth degree and ends up with analysis paralysis.

Such people love to hire consultants and external agencies, as they cannot trust their executives. They ask silly questions that lower their credibility with team members and executives, all the while believing they’re doing a good job. Rhetorically, which of the three is our mayor?

James McMillan

Victoria

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