Mediocrity begets mediocrity.
How often have we heard leaders of organizations rail about lack of intensity, anemic motivation, poor performance - almost always their ire is directed at others!
Could it be that, if an environment of mediocrity exists, we as leaders have created the conditions that promote (or worse, incentivize) such behaviors?
Moreover, we must consider the possibility that the egregious behaviors seen in others are simply reflections (or offspring) of our own.
If mediocrity begets mediocrity (and I think it does) then we must look in the mirror FIRST to explore its roots.
(Ouch! That hurts a little.)