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If you are reading this, it means we have made it to Friday once again. I’m writing this early Thursday morning since I am attending a wedding this weekend. It is a road trip wedding to a city where no one, namely the bride, groom, parents, grandparents, friends, and most importantly, your dutiful correspondent, has any connection. Pretty much like going to Ft. Lauderdale to experience Disney World because someone thought that would be fun. So go figure.

Since the news changes every fifteen minutes, taking a stab at a particular subject is like Powerball – you can’t win if you don’t play. Here’s my entry for your consideration on this fine Friday.

How many times have you heard some chattering moron, with an air of arrogance and all-knowing cocksureness, say “Yes, the President is unconventional in his approach to leadership, but he seems to be a transactional leader?”

If you are a student of leadership, to hear someone mutter such drivel is slightly more annoying than chewing a mouthful of aluminum foil. Here’s why. At its base, transactional leadership is grounded in Maslow’s hierarchy. Transactionalism is about meting out reward and punishment. Without getting too scientific, forward-thinking higher intellect of mission, belief, morality, and strategically planning for the future play no part in transactional leadership.

Probably you have known a transactional leader. How can you tell? He or she was a terrible boss or manager. Everything was related to immediate results. Most likely, these people treated you shabbily. Often you were quickly reminded, “You can be replaced. There are others just waiting for your job. Do as I say or someone else will be cashing your check.”

People who engage in transationalism have a punitive nature. Perhaps they would even blow up insurance markets to spite people.

Here’s the real rub – transactionalism only works when there are people picking up what you are laying down. It only works when people are buying what you are selling. It only works in a controlled environment. Most importantly, it is not built to last. At best, it is temporal. At worst, it is a gossamer sham.

Why is this important? Let’s take foreign relations for instance. We have spent well over a Trillion Dollars to convince the Arab world we have good motives after our adventurism. That is until the Saudis decided they wanted to purchase better weapons with which to kill their enemies, both foreign and domestic. Virtually overnight, we switched our foreign policy from even-handedness to loving Sunnis something fierce even though Isis is the same theocratic form of Wahhabism.

As Americans we are rarely exposed to the realities of life abroad. Most of the world live in a transactional existence. Bribes are a cost of doing business. Yesterday doesn’t matter and tomorrow may not come meaning only today counts. Courtesy of the ambulatory orange phlegm, we join the roster of countries where values are assessed and have a price.

Anecdotally, my experience with transactional leaders is very straightforward. Transactional leaders never succeed in the long-term. Take any measurement – employee satisfaction, economic performance, shareholder value, new product rollouts – tranactionalism never succeeds long-term.

Literally, transactional leadership is, “I’m the boss of you,” — a misconception we need to remedy with an ample dose of impeachment.

What’s on your mind today?

 

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