Updated American Leadership Paradox (submitted to ICF for newsletter)

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Leadership Dilemma: The American Leadership Paradox

As coaches, we aim to support the development of our clients to meet
strategic goals and to enhance overall quality of life.  Coaching and Leadership intersect – In the
organizational sense; Associates want value from their leaders, and desire to
develop a co-relationship focused on achieving success.  The current zeitgeist of Leadership is
trending towards acquiring specific skills that is possessed by the coaching
industry.  As potential change agents, coaches must ask powerful questions about the psychological dynamics of our society at large.

•Are we at war with ourselves?

•Why are large bureaucratic organizations slow to act?

•How do we understand the complexities of the struggle?

Society demands a powerful altruistic Leader that makes quick decisions that
benefit everyone while simultaneously providing security.  However, America is a nation of
individualists who strive to be the Leader, and are ashamed to be categorized
in the role of follower.  Simply, American culture frowns upon the follower and the omnipotent Leader is exaggeratedly admired.

•Who do you want to be?

The Leader of course! Well, the problem is that Leaders need followers.  If everyone is the Leader and no-one follows,
then there is a Leadership dilemma called The American Leadership Paradox.

1. Society wants community and togetherness, but explicitly yearns for a capitalist society with individualist freedom.

2. Society values family, but relishes in the rebel persona.

3. American culture is a paradox that attempts to indulge within both ends of the spectrum.

Leaders are unable to lead because society chooses to scoff at instead of follow.  Cognitive dissonance is displayed towards
Leaders, and society at large believes they are capable of producing better results.  Trust and integrity have been squandered by previous leaders which disables pre-determined respect for future Leaders.

The Nature/Nurture debate – Is it inborn or due to the situation?  Current research has determined the debate to be estimated at a 50/50 split.

If there are wonderful Leaders and the situation is not conducive to leading, then the
cold-hard truth is – Leaders will fail 50% of the time regardless of inborn or
learned ability. Current Leadership is failing at an astounding rate (over
70%). What constitutes leadership failure? Short answer: Not meeting goals.

•How do we survive in a Leaderless society if our models in family,
business, politics, education, and more, require a Leader who has power that is admired and followed?

•Can we all be leaders without followers or is there another solution?

Currently, the common consensus is that: our Leaders are unethical,
self-centered, and ruining our economy!  Americans,
don’t trust the government, don’t trust commercials, and in fact, place little
faith on anything.  Why?  Is it because Americans are horrible people, or
is it because our system is coming to a breaking point? I argue for the latter.

•Why do we tolerate unethical leadership?

•Why do some leaders act unethically?

Our individualist system funneled these leaders to the pinnacle because they
are the best players of the game our society has produced.  They are tolerated because, if they are great
Leaders, elitist, and are flawed, then the individual perception interprets an
ego-boost which sends the individual’s self-esteem sky rocketing.  The ego-imagination covets the positive regard
of a Leader, and an unethical Leader with praise is lesser qualified for the
role of Leader than the self.  The
American Leadership Paradox!

•How do we fix the Paradox?

Fixing or modifying any paradox is a mission within
a mission, which might never be accomplished, and is why venturing out
on this journey is more than challenging.  Albeit while complex, well worth the strategic
effort because Leadership is an integral part of a successful society.

Professional Leadership Coaching:

Enhancing self-awareness of cultural factors and aiding in understanding the
application of value-based Leadership. Utilizing expert coaching tools to raise
awareness and move Leaders through blinding dimensions.
As coaches, we could participate in curbing and overcoming the
deterioration of the aforementioned: American Leadership.  We cannot be concerned with the system and
concentration of choosing Leaders, but rather, concentrate on the coaching role
in development which is integral to Leadership success. This article challenges
all qualified coaches to understand the dynamics of Leadership and contribute
to supporting the evolution & success of the Leadership dimension.

Keith Lawrence Miller | The Elite Coach | The Million Dollar Coaching Company | www.EliteProCoach.com | (855) My-Pro-Coach

Prevention Parenting

Prevention Parenting

The most important aspect to being a great parent is practicing prevention.

I have five kids which gives me a valuable prospective on this issue.

Preventing problems is the #1 tool against dangerous life situations involving your kid/s.

Many parents are concerned with preventing kids from falling down stairs, being bullied at school, and crashing their 1st car, which is excellent, but not fully sufficient prevention.

Prevention begins before you think about conceiving.

Prevention starts right now.

Prevention Parenting is defined by parents proactively participating in a healthy lifestyle.

The next step of prevention begins in the womb.

Keys to Success:

Stay away from all chemicals that would harm a newborn.

Smoke (all kinds), sushi (metals), alcohol (goes without saying), fumes from automobiles,

any type of medication (Doctors say certain meds are safe, but are you willing to risk finding out differently a few years after your child is born?), and any other dangerous compound.

“Get sufficient sleep, stay in a positive state of mind (always), and read-read-read”.

These prevention scenarios, attitudes, and behaviors dramatically shape your child.

Do you want your child to be Healthy, Smart, Alert, and full of Joy?

The work is cut out for you to have a wonderful parenting career but it does require work.

Preparation and prevention before birth makes for a wonderful loving experience during life.

I promise that if you follow Prevention Parenting, the work you put in advance will pay dramatic dividends for your child’s health, intelligence, and overall quality of life.


your life will thrive because of the joy you will feel witnessing your child achieve greatness due to your diligent effort.

This positive feedback loop will provide you with pure happiness that will extend your life cycle and enhance your joy of living.

The best part: Parenting a healthy, intelligent, happy child is much easier than parenting an unhealthy, low on intelligence, unhappy child.

The information for success is here and the choice is yours to make.

The Million Dollar Coaching Company loves children and we hope that you make the right choice.

Thank you for reading this informational memo and we wish you unlimited joy.

Keith Lawrence Miller | The Elite Coach | The Million Dollar Coaching Company | www.EliteProCoach.com | (855) My-Pro-Coach

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