Many of my clients lament the inability of leaders to do the hard work, make the tough decisions, or engage in the difficult conversations that are required when you undertake a leadership role.
I hear people talk about how leaders “avoid managing poor performers.” Others “don’t give candid feedback” or “really struggle in making difficult decisions.”
When I hear the same complaints and observations over and over again, and from a wide array of organizations, I can’t help but ask myself: Are we being led by a bunch of wimps?
Leading isn’t easy. Holding people accountable isn’t a walk in the park. Managing poor performers can be a real headache. Giving candid feedback to colleagues can be unnerving. However, when you avoid these responsibilities, you weaken yourself and your organization. Too many leaders are paralyzed by indecision, or serve as disinterested bystanders. They can see what’s going on in their organization, but never step up to make things better.
There are also those leaders who simply look for the easy way out. They think that quick-fixes will make everything better, only to be surprised when they realize what most of us already know: quick fixes don’t really fix anything.
This has to stop. To be a great leader over the long term you must have the courage, persistence and resolve to embrace the hard work that comes with leadership.
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About the Author
Vince Molinaro is the Global Managing Director of Strategic Solutions at Lee Hecht Harrison. He is also the author of The Leadership Contract – a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Vince has spent more than 20 years as an adviser to boards and senior executives looking to improve leadership in their organizations.Follow on Twitter More Content by Vince Molinaro