16 Feb 2013
During the life time of organizations, most become captive of what I would want to call the Hierarchy Fear Syndrome[i].
It is a mixture of desire (power, position, money, etc.) and insecurity (losing what’s already acquired) that makes people resort to it.
Once a selfish person takes over the charge of an organization he becomes very selective about people who may, or may not, reach high places in the organization. He takes due care that such people are no threat to his chair, to his policies, to his philosophies, and to his doings within the organization. He also takes care that such people will glorify him after his death, and shall not negate his misdoings. He takes every care to put adequate roadblocks for other contenders, likely rebels, from reaching higher ranks within the organization. And finally, he handpicks the person who would be his successor, and begins to promote that person within the organization, keeping him/her in the limelight. Other people, with whom injustice has been done, depending on their inner strength, either leave the organization, or accept the inevitable.
A leader, a man of substance, who is not insecure about his stature within the organization, has no reason to engage himself in such manipulative practices. On the other hand, leaders without substance, insecure within, suffer from Hierarchy Fear Syndrome and, resort to techniques that would take due care of their concerns which arise from their sense of insecurity. Such insecurity is often the product of their inherent guilt.