I had just posted “How not to get hit by a falling satellite or falling leader” and then scrolled down to the previous post and found that it was essentially was the same message. In both posts I referenced John Maxwell’s book “The 360° Leader” and the same key points. I started to take down the latest post and then said, “Oh well, it never hurts to read good leadership advice over and over.”
So then I began to wonder what caused me to think about the same leadership situation, the same book, the same leadership advice all in a few weeks’ time. Then it hit me (like a falling satellite), I am a participant in a few on-going projects that include some very ineffective leaders. To cope with the frustration I obviously must have sub-consciously recalled the points listed in each post.
When I get frustrated with ineffective leadership behavior I vent by writing and the result is some of the posts in this blog. However I always try to present leadership material in a positive light. I don’t want be critical of those involved, but want to use real-life experiences to teach leadership lessons to myself and my readers.
So I just thought I would make a list of the various behaviors I have experienced lately in these projects and see if I can find positive ways to improve the situations. Here they are in no particular order or frequency:
- Ego – Each of the situations have individuals involved who have, or continue to have, an over-inflated opinion of themselves. This has caused these individuals to be poor team members because they are continually attempting to control the actions of the team from a position of superiority. This attitude of superiority has caused some team members to quit.
Lesson learned: If a person tells you how important they are, they are probably not that important.
- All talk, no action – John Wooden once said, “Don’t tell me what you can do, show me.” In one of the projects one person is continually offering to complete a needed task because they have told the team they are experienced in this area. They may be but have not demonstrated it by action.
Lesson learned: If a person tells you much they can do and then doesn’t do it, they probably can’t do it as well as they say they can.
- Ignoring credible information – Have you ever presented well-researched, factual information only to have it shot down because it conflicts with someone’s un-researched opinion? This is the ego thing again; “that’s not right because it makes me look bad!”
Lesson learned: If a person dismisses your documented information it’s because they are too lazy to do their own. Also internally they fear you are right and they are wrong.
These are just three lessons that quickly come to mind. Since these projects are on-going I know there will be more and I will probably write about them. In the meantime I will keep Dr. Maxell’s 360° Leader close at hand and try to help these poor struggling souls.