Leading to Win. Part 1
There is an adage that says, “A flock of sheep led by one lion is more formidable than a pride of lions led by one sheep.” To some facility leaders, this saying seems to mean that they must lead like dictators to be successful. Nothing could be further from the truth. Leaders who lead through “old school” intimidation or by threats are not maximizing their employees’ or their facility’s potential for growth. While there are facilities that appear to be successful under intimidating leaders, the majority of these types of leaders are marginally successful at best. Their isolated cases of success are anomalies and should not be used as models.
Being put into a leadership role can create an illusion of leadership. But remember that simply being in a position that has leadership requirements does not make someone a leader. Good leaders lead in a motivated, positive manner and are quick to reward accomplishment. Additionally, they do not correct employee performance in a public setting. Ineffective leaders usually think of themselves as great leaders: They are not. Following are some traits and signs of ineffective leaders to be on the lookout for:
Inconsistent performance. One day an inconsistent leader is “on top of the world” and on the next day, they are rude and abrasive. This type of leadership results in poor morale and inability to keep top-level staff. After all, who in their right mind would want to endure this type of leadership? The answer is a person who is content simply getting their paycheck and never realizing their true potential. This situation unfortunately occurs often. Motivated employees are what make the best facilities perform so well, so why would any facility accept anything less? The only way to correct a situation involving inconsistent performance is to acknowledge that it exists and take immediate steps to resolve it.
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