A common and costly leader mistake that can result in a loss of credibility and trust...
MISTAKE: Getting caught up in the Popeye Syndrome – “I am what I am.”
The implied message here is: “I am the way I am and if you don’t like it, who cares?”
Leaders often exhibit this behavior when doing things like conducting meetings without involving team members, and when resolving team member issues without asking for input or engaging them in the problem-solving process.
Below is an excerpt from our latest article 3 Ways to Derail Team Formation.
Most teams struggle to reach their highest levels of effectiveness because of their inability to cultivate the right team of people from the beginning. As a result, communication breakdowns, unnecessary conflict, and poor decision making leads to a loss of key opportunities.
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Have you ever respected any leaders whose words did not match their actions? Have you ever had respect for a leader who preached personal values, yet behaved differently?
The fundamental component of People-First Leadership™ is to Lead by Example. This is the core — the component that will either establish your credibility or kill it. Just remember: Lack of credibility will prevent you from earning commitment and trust from your team members. Without that, there is no leadership.