I think bosses have to be very cautious of their inner circle. No doubt, getting into the inner circle usually takes trust and some form of credibility. But once inside the inner circle, the halo effect usually blinds the bosses to what the true expertise of these lieutenants are. They listen to everything they say.
Safe to say, that’s dangerous practice.
“If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then, we are up for grabs for the next charlatan (political or religious) who comes rambling along.” – Carl Sagan
I think, sometimes we need to be cautious of those rambling in the inner circle. Especially, those in the inner circle.