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A disconnected boss may not catch water cooler conversations turn sour until great employees start to flee the organization. A controlling boss will use power to squash these conversations and demand compliance. A complying boss will blindly follow the wishes of the big boss, ignoring the team’s disenchantment. A protecting boss will not act for the fear of exposing the limits of their leadership. Bosses whose actions are driven by fear – who lead by controlling, complying, or protecting their backs – cause others to feel progressively disempowered.
By trying to hide the limits of their effectiveness rather than leading boldly with their values, embracing development, and building deeper relationships, ineffective leaders put organizations – including themselves – in jeopardy. The viability of today’s organizations depends on weaving together the inspired, creative pursuit of business outcomes with continually engaging and empowering people.
Collective, collaborative leadership is the new organizational imperative. Through it, leaders at all levels – the fabric of every organization – are actively engaged and continuously developing to creatively approach progressively complex challenges together. To promote such effective leadership in your organization, do more of the following: