Illustrating Poor Leadership: Mayorkas

By | November 17, 2021

[November 17, 2021]  Whenever strong leaders come to mind, we think of those who have courage, decisive, and bold.  All good leaders have these traits.  But how many good leaders are also loyal?  Every great leader is.  Those who are not loyal to their team illustrate poor leadership.

“My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach.” – Navy SEAL Creed

During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday (November 16), U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was taken to task for failing to defend Border Patrol agents from the debunked accusation they “whipped” Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas back in September.

At the time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and other prominent members of the Biden administration condemned Border Agents’ actions as “inhumane” and “racists” as images went viral on social media.  It was quickly learned that this was false.  But, Mayorkas has yet to stand with his agents and defend them from spurious charges.

In late September, before Mayorkas had gathered all the evidence, he condemned the agents and said their actions exemplified America’s “systemic racism,” adding that it does not “reflect who we are, who we aspire to be for the integrity and values of our truly heroic personnel in the Department of Homeland Security.” 1

In the U.S. military, loyalty is one of the core values taught.  Instructors teach you from the first day that your team is everything to you.  You will succeed with them, and you will fail without them.  And, you never leave anyone behind.2

A commitment to loyalty is the epitome of sustainable leadership.  Never throw anyone under the bus.  As a leader, you are responsible for what happens or what does not happen.  Protect your team from criticism.  Never lie to them.  Be as candid as possible.  They will value your honesty and respect you greatly for doing so.

Giving your team your unconditional support means they will do the same for you.  Leadership is a privilege that must be learned every day.  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas failed at his first big test as a leader.  He, and all of us, should learn from his poor leadership.

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  1. https://www.nationalreview.com/news/senator-lee-slams-mayorkas-for-failing-to-defend-border-agents-from-debunked-whipping-accusation/
  2. https://www.theleadermaker.com/no-man-left-behind/

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19 thoughts on “Illustrating Poor Leadership: Mayorkas

  1. Greg Heyman

    What an ignoramous this guy is! An he represents the United States? How awful.

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  2. Max Foster

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is an example of a poor selection process in choosing leaders. When you pick someone based on ideology instead of leadership ability, this is the result. There will continue to be more serious blunders by Mayorkas and so don’t be too surprised. This is only the beginning. He can get away with it because our media is complicit in his failures.

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    1. Frank Graham

      Max, you are right, of course and to see this happening in our nation is shocking. There are many more qualified folks than this dufuss Mayorkas.

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      1. Lady Hawk

        Basic question. Don’t politicians pick people any more based on proven leadership skills? Seems like a number uno requirement.

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  3. Army Captain

    For those who do not work with others and lead teams in the workplace, note that the mistake made by HS Sec Mayorkas was a major blunder. I learned this in my first week as a platoon leader in the US army. Don’t throw your people under the bus. Bad technique. He will never fully recover from this blatant error, no matter what he does. His folks will always remember him for being disloyal. The man had a chance to show his leadership and failed.

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  4. Bryan Z. Lee

    Nothing to see here, move along. —– the man has a brain and is appointed by “the most popular president in history.” The experts know what they are doing. Throwing border agents under the bus is the right thing to do because they showed the world they are racists. Oh, they didn’t do it? No problem, they are racists because they are white. /sarc

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      1. Dennis Mathes

        Yep! But when it is needed as a hammer to hit dunces over the head, sarcasm is just the right antidote to total stupidity. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas deserves all the derision possible from his most recent blunder. I guess he just doesn’t care what he says.

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  5. Karl J.

    We should all pray for this guy. He is so ignorant of what leadership is about, that a third grader class president knows more.

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  6. Rev. Michael Cain

    What a dumba$$…… I’m glad I don’t work for this idiot. Mayorkas must be braindead or, a more likely explanation, he is on a dogleash from the Biden administration and he knows it. Obey the master …..

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  7. Yusaf from Texas

    On the one hand Mayorkas says his agents acted in an inhumane and racists way and then says, later, that he doesn’t want to prejudice an “investigation.” Hey, buddy, we can all see thru this. The man is a massive hypocrite.

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    1. Dog Man

      Hi Yusaf. Good point but why is it that everyone can see his poor leadership (big big example here to illustrate Gen. Satterfield’s point) but he has done zero to take corrective action.

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  8. Forrest Gump

    HSS Sec Mayorkas reminds me of the kid sitting in the corner with a dunce hat on. Stupid is as stupid does.

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    1. Gil Johnson

      I think we can all agree that this guy, appointed by pres. Biden and approved by the Senate, is a man who is smart in technology but stupid when it comes to people. He failed here. He failed spectacularly (haha, Gen. Satterfield would be happy I used his favorite adjective).

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    2. DocJeff

      You got that right Forrest. But, it is never too late to make a course correction. But, in this case of Mayorkas, he is doubling down on his disloyalty to his men and women Border Agents. How dumb can you get? Is he blind to what he has done?

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      1. Erleldech

        I don’t get it. Why is Mayorkas so ignorant of the most fundamental aspect of leadership? Who appointed this guy? Oh ….. I see, that explains every thing.

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        1. Audrey

          We can call him ‘ignorant’ or the most stupid guy on Biteme’s staff but he is still in charge. What does that say about our president (small ‘p’).

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