C-Suite Confidential: Leadership Ignorance No Excuse

December 21, 2018

“Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat” in Latin means Ignorance of the law excuses not. Ignorance is defined as a lack of knowledge or information that creates a state of unawareness. When someone is unaware their actions are violating a law, ignorance is not a legal excuse for being held liable for the act. As leaders, our role is to generate business results. So we continually work to refine and improve our strategic focus. Yet, as leaders, how often are we acting on behalf of the organization with a lack of knowledge, incomplete information, and unawareness leading from a state of ignorance?
As I shared in the previous C-Suite Confidential: Leadership Malpractice, without data we are left to our decision-making biases. Where are you implementing processes to generate knowledge and intelligence to stimulate insights throughout the organization? The good news is that leadership development training is a proven method for improving a CEO’s strategic agenda, effectiveness and results. Intentional efforts in the area of leadership development have proven impacts including:
Employee Satisfaction Reduced Absenteeism
Culture of Trust Increased Retention
The bad news, according to EY Leadership Forecast 2018, ONLY 14% of CEOs have leadership talent to execute strategy. What is the leadership gap in your organization? Knowing leadership ignorance is not an excuse, what will you invest in 2019 to address your leadership ignorance and improve your business results?