Thanks to all who weighed in on last week’s Leadership Tip about The Scary Leader.
Of those who voted for one of the 10 Scary Leader options, 42% selected “the leader who lacks integrity” as the scariest one. “The leader who doesn’t communicate” was a distant second with 12% of the vote, and “the leader who micromanages” was third with 10%.
As several respondents pointed out, most of the options showed some form of “the leader who lacks integrity.” Agreed!
A few people added their own—“the leader who doesn’t listen” and “the leader without a stated strategy.”
The bonus? Readers offered about four months of suggestions for future topics. If you sent me a topic and your name, expect to get an email from me in the next few weeks addressing your suggested topic.
If you’re in a position of authority, tackle the problems with scary leaders as soon as they surface. If you’re not, determine the most practical and constructive way in your organization to address them quickly.
Here’s how you might tackle the top three Scary Leader problems—lack of integrity, poor communication, and micromanaging:
- There should be no tolerance for accepting a leader who demonstrates a lack of integrity. I believe that, when it comes to leadership, you either have integrity or you don’t. It’s that simple. However, what’s not simple is the correct way to address the problem. It’s best to get advice from a mentor, a coach, or an expert you trust to help you.
- Improving the effectiveness of communication is doable. When it’s not as clear as it should be, take time to learn various strategies and techniques to help the leader (and the organization) communicate better.
- Micromanaging is a frustrating, mentally exhausting, morale-killing way to lead people. It’s fixable (with time), but first, it needs to be recognized as a problem by the micromanagers themselves. After that, they must be open to delegating tasks without interfering and introducing ways to empower their team.
Regardless of where you are on your leadership journey, you can always learn new techniques and approaches to help you become an even better leader. The key? Never think you’ve made it!