The Peter Principle postulates that people get promoted to a level that is beyond their ability to handle the responsibilities of the new job.
Promoting for Politics
Is the Peter Principal at play because many politically appointed leaders are not hired for any managerial expertise they had demonstrated, but because they will pursue a political agenda at all costs?
Power Drunk People
The Three-Dimensional Leader: Negotiating Your Mission, Resources and Context, asks: “What is the difference between someone who is intoxicated on power and someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol? You get erratic behaviors from both, including loss of mission focus, blurred concepts of reality, lying and mismanagement.
Three Dimensions of Government Leaders
- Leaders who think, “The organization must serve me!”
- Leaders who believe political ideology is the mission.
- Leaders who manage effective operations for acceptable public service outcomes.
Government Needs Effective CEO’s
Three-dimensional political leaders act as CEO’s who take responsibility for government programs to operate efficiently with employees who work competently with integrity. This three-dimensional perspective should be the standard all levels of government set for their leaders and employees as models for their citizens.
Properly Presiding In Power
Character is required to handle public power properly. Keeping an overriding perspective of how mission matters most, and is the only legitimate use of resources is the context for stewardship that fulfills government obligations by achieving effective operations and avoiding the Peter Principle.