That was the one-word subject of an email millions of Obama supporters received last night.
And someone should be fired over it.
It shows an utter lack of understanding around leadership and communication.
What kind of message does it send for a leader to tell their people that they are frustrated by their own inability to get things done?
Imagine if the CEO of a company wrote her/his employees and shareholders an email telling them he/her were frustrated by the company’s ability to get stuff done. The employees would think to themselves, “Well, if you’re frustrated, you’ve only got yourself to blame. You’re the leader.” The board of directors would think to themselves, “Well, if you’re frustrated, maybe we should get someone different to step in and move things forward.”
The dictionary defines frustrated as:
foiled, stopped, disappointed
suffering from frustration; dissatisfied, agitated, and/or discontent because one is unable to perform an action or fulfill a desire.
That’s not exactly the sentiment people want to hear from their leaders.
Sure, Obama’s campaign was trying to rile up Democrats around frustration against the Republicans in Congress. But, imo that’s like the CEO saying I’m frustrated by this department of our company, or this executive, or this initiative. In the end, Obama’s still the guy at the top and he’s got to lead and find ways to channel his frustration towards positive outcomes.
I wonder if Obama truly is frustrated or if his campaign just lacks message discipline?
For the record, I’m an Obama supporter, frustrated by his leadership and his campaign.