I came across this article recently and am still in shock.

“We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.”

Let that sink in real quick.

We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost?!

C’mon man.

Nokia’s now former CEO made this statement during a press conference earlier this year, at which he announced that Microsoft was acquiring the telecom equipment giant.

“We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.”

Are you kidding me? Of course they did something wrong. They lost! It seems pretty cut and dry to me.

C’mon man. How does one lose and not do anything wrong?

As a leader, you are responsible for your team and, ultimately, you are responsible for your business. You are responsible for the evolution of your product. You are responsible for innovation and staying ahead of the competition. You are responsible for NOT maintaining the status quo.

C’mon man.

I have been struggling with the recent trend of lack of leadership and accountability. I first wrote about this with the developments of the Wells Fargo fiasco with their former CEO. Now I’m writing about it again with this gentleman.

Here’s my issue: What kind of example is this? What do actions like these say to our rising leaders? Aren’t our leaders supposed to be the epitome of accountability? Aren’t they supposed to take responsibility for the actions, or lack thereof, of their team?

C’mon man.

The true definition of leadership seems to have lost its meaning. Leadership is not a title. It is not a means to an end with a final destination. Leadership is an ongoing journey. It is ever evolving. And most importantly, leadership demands accountability. As a leader, the vitality that you prove to your followers that you are worth following every single day is insurmountable.

I also want you to think about this: New ideas, fresh perspectives, and innovation comes from development. Every step of evolution happens by having a deep bench of talented folks on your team.

It’s easy to get complacent when things are going well. This NOKIA situation is just another example of that. And while I am not suggesting that reinventing the wheel needs to happen, you need to rotate the tires every couple thousand miles. Otherwise you could be the next person left scratching their head thinking, “We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.”

C’mon man!