This post will be short and sweet: I’m sick to death of people in leadership roles that have no business being in them. I will not point fingers and single out people who are in this roles (You don’t have all day for a list that long, and neither do I!) but after reading this, you’ll know be able to spot these sacred cows without any trouble.
Who are they? The people that squash ideas or say, “it’s been done before” or “that won’t work”. The people that have been doing something too long and have become too numb to change, bend, grow, or accept that their way isn’t *the* way any longer. The ones that have stayed on well past their prime and who take credit for any good ideas that finally see the light of day, but for which they had little impact in creating. They’re the ones who acts like they work the hardest, but really, they’re just coasting along collecting a paycheck.
They are killing your organization.
To be clear, if you enjoy wearing the “Leader” badge for your company, non-profit or other organization, remember that it requires more than the label, it requires more than a placard on your door or desk. You’re in a position of trust, and whether you earned the post or it was just passed on to you, leadership requires more than just showing up at meetings or bossing people around, or sneering at ideas that seem foreign or threatening to your personal agenda; it requires more than just looking around the others in your organization and hoping they come up with the ideas that make you look good. Leadership in this brave, new world requires more than what you’re bringing. This is a shortlist of what you should be bringing, but are not:
- active discussion
- development of resolutions and solutions
- supporting thoughts and ideas that might not even be your own
- braving what you don’t know or understand
- placing confidence in those that know more than you
- tabling your fears and insecurities
- dispensing with defensive mechanisms
- a strong, enviable work ethic
- fearless attitude
- contagious enthusiasm
Right now, the only one that truly believes these people are doing a good job is them. The onus is on the rest of us to call them out and bring attention to the problem, then solve it. One of two things will happen: they’ll use it as an opportunity to reinvent themselves and become better, or (2) they’ll be forced (by good sense, hopefully) to hand the reigns over to someone who can or is willing to do a better job. “Leave it better than you found it” isn’t a term reserved for hiking trails and campsites. It applies in business as well.