I had a good friend who played in the same football team as me. In
the changing room and later during the post -mortum in the pub when we
would all agree that their third game changing goal was miles off side
and that we should have had at least six dead cert penalties he would
point out the weaknesses in our argument and offer the view that the
referee was not only eagle eyed but even handed. The voice of reason
is not always welcome and some times is not appropriate.
Sometimes team bonding requires that you put aside the evenhanded
, detached, rational view and just agree, “we was robbed”. Or in
management speak we were harshly dealt with compared to other
organisation in similar circumstances. There would appear to be a
lack of consistency on behalf of referees/ inspectors.
Sometimes the ability to see both sides is unhelpful. Call it
loyalty, call it support, its part of being one of us.
As a leadership tactic, “ it’s us against the rest of the world”
can be very effective.
However most of what goes wrong in
institutions/organisations is down to misplaced loyalty or when the
unofficial leadership demands this type of unquestioning support.
If going along with the majority means going against your
professional values or involves perpetrating an injustice then you
need to decide what matters most to you acceptance by your colleagues
or being true to your self. Of course losing the support and trust of
your colleagues could ultimately mean you lose your your job!
Blair Mcpherson former Director. Author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk