Monday, May 31, 2010

Are you a leader or a joke?

What is a true leader? What does it take to be a strong leader in todays' marketplace? Does your team take you seriously or do they refer to you as a "joke?" Now hear me out, I mean seriously - are you a joke? Do you bring value to the table every day or are you just passing the time for the next promotion or next job?

I spend enormous time with leaders in all different types of companies and all over the globe. What I find is that only about 20% of these leaders are making a difference and an impact on their team. The others are just passing the time by running meetings that waste time, focusing on more reports and analytics that will prove their point and very little time developing their people.

Why do we have to tip toe around issues? Why do we have to have meetings upon meetings where the "boss" is just waiting for all of us to finally agree with him or her? Years ago when the website domains first were introduced I created one called "Bust-a-Boss." I wanted to set up a toll free number where people could call me and tell me about their boss and I would try and help them sort it out. After testing this awhile, I found that most of the time, the boss was the one who needed feedback and even when I tried to give that person the feedback they didn't want to take it....end result - call their boss, explain how unproductive and dysfunctional this person was and hope the senior leader would sort it out.

I only wish I could still do that - but as a management consultant that would not be the best use of my time and resources. My job is to help people but only those that will accept the help and have the willingness to change.

As we enter June, we are again half way through another year. Are you doing everything you can to be a great leader and a mentor to your team? I hope so...if not call me - I won't bust a boss, but I will support someone who seeks help!

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