“I’m so frustrated because my boss won’t make decisions.”
Bennis said, “Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.”
Leaders with titles who refuse to lead frustrate their teams. It’s more common than you might think. I regularly hear things like, “My boss refuses to move forward.”
15 Reasons leaders won’t lead:
- Failure to develope talented teams. They feel alone.
- They’ve been punished for first time failures.
- Lack of training, mentoring, and coaching.
- They can’t describe winning. Moving forward requires clear targets.
- Minutia dominates their day – can’t prioritize.
- They don’t feel supported. Followers have the power to make leaders.
- Lack of feedback. Most employees desire more feedback. They need to know how they are doing.
- Refusing to let go and trust others.
- Those over them are interventionists who jump in too quickly – over managed.
- They’re playing office politics. Outshining others is frowned on.
- They need the approval of others.
- Perfectionism – refusing to pull the trigger until everything’s in place.
- Mediocrity rules. Your organization doesn’t expect excellence. They’ve been coddled.
- Milestones and deadlines are too far in the future. There’s no urgency.
- Negative, critical work environments.
They were placed in leadership before they were ready. Leadership crushed them.
Causes and Cures:
Causes illuminate cures. Determine why your people aren’t performing and work toward enabling them.
Big tip #1:
Effective leadership begins with believing you can lead. Help sluggish leaders believe they can lead by tapping into their strengths and passions.
Big tip #2:
Provide and celebrate small wins. Celebrating small wins builds confidence for big wins.
Everyone can exert positive influence; they can lead. But, not everyone can execute under the pressures of a title and official responsibility. Leaders with titles who aren’t leading may not be leaders.
What can be done to help reluctant leaders lead?
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