Power is an ugly drug, a drug that many of us crave, some of us capture and we all believe we can manage oh-so-well. We point to those who slip and fall on the slippery slope of power, ridicule them and make jokes, knowing that we would never follow in their footsteps. We behave as if those who slip and fall are the exception to the rules.
Tiger is NOT the exception.
Gosh how I wish he was. But he's not, and maybe instead of cracking jokes about his mistakes and the poor women in his life - we should all look a little deeper into our own actions, and our culture.
Our culture is determined to set up those in power for ultimate failure. No one can live up to the onslaught of adoration and idol worship, the just plain 'bigger than life' spectacle that we create. All who are lifted up to those oh-so-high pedestals will slip and fall off, sooner or later, in some way.
We are, after all, human.
I've worked with powerful leaders for over twenty years now as a consultant. I can tell you, for sure, that even the most 'sainted' among them is changed by the power they are granted. Sooner or later, we start believing our own press.
We create our Titans - the men and women who power our businesses to huge success, lead our country through wars and economic upheaval, entertain us in our sporting, music and media worlds. We deify them, following their every move with awe and glory. Then we trash them when they fall short of our already unrealistic expectations.
We're all responsible.
You may disagree with me, but hear me out. We help to create the monsters these powerful folks often become. We promote them with our spending dollars, our votes, our fascination with their lives (and those tabloid sales). We accept their every direction in business, knowing they are the visionary to lead us to success. We don't question - we follow. We accept and promote their position above us, expect them to be perfect and beyond reproach, and then wonder why they fail to be the Gods we expect.
Sure, there are a few souls who don't let power affect them. I know some who haven't changed. A few hold their true selves separate from the public image that is so much larger than life. These are wise and valued souls.
They are the exceptions.
How sad is that?
This week I'm discussing Power and all that comes with it. Check back tomorrow for Absolute Corruption....