The Learning Spotlight
A Desire to Lead?
I have had my suspicions now for quite a while. I knew something was not quite right when it came to leadership positions in most organizations. After all, how could there be so few excellent supervisors? How many followers would consider current supervisors to be actual leaders? I have been puzzled by the epidemic of bad leadership and it exists at all levels. Freshly minted supervisors all the way up to seasoned executives are all
struggling to earn the title of leader from their followers.
Looking at some historical context, bad supervisors have been around since the beginning. There are countless examples such as the fictional character, Ebenezer Scrooge and the more contemporary version of a bad boss, Montgomery Burns from “The Simpsons”. While certainly exaggerated for entertainment, they are rooted in the reality of the writer and came from real painful experiences locked in someone’s mind.
In reality, what is the possible connection among so many underperformers in the workplace? We send them to workshops, they read management books, and they see the exaggeration on television. So where does the failure come from? When I ask the difficult questions, I seem to get transparent answers. Do most supervisors dislike the work and stress that it takes to lead others? Do they dislike the confrontation and worry? Simply put,
do most supervisors desire to be a leader at work?
The latent answer is a resounding “No”! It takes a rare individual indeed to like these activities. So why take the job? Reality is rooted in our fundamental need to self-actualize as Maslow has told us.
My Time To Lead Series
Making the transition to leader is not easy and it is certainly not natural. Yet
most companies invest little to nothing preparing new leaders for their new
role. This often results in poor morale and higher turnover since many
people just replicate what they have seen in the past. This leadership "gap"
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We cover leadership essentials such as:
• Making the leap from co-worker to supervisor
• Learn the difference between communication and effective communication
• Differentiate between accountability and blame
• Set goals to communicate accountability as a supervisor
• Recognize the essential nature of trust
• Create an environment that promotes trust in the workplace
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