Rick was a [vulgar insult here]. He ultimately needed to be fired for two reasons: if the unreliable narrator of the firer was correct, Rick didn’t try to build a team. Everyone is a leader, or should be, or should leave.
2. Rick’s comments at work were firable offenses. 12x7 activity is an explanation, not an excuse.
All that being said: the only times I’ve had [vulgar insults here]on a team with me was when management were [vulgar insults here], showing blatant disregard for their teams.
In short, everyone is a leader, from the bottom of the hierarchy to the top. But when the top are [vulgar insults here], then the lowest level leaders can, and often will be, [vulgar insults here].
You’re right: know when to fire your management and vote with your feet, or you’re going to be left alone with the [vulgar insults here]who remain.