What do we do under ineffective leadership? It’s a very common problem…
You really only have two choices: You can leave the situation & find a new job…or you can stay and try to make it work.
You have to get into the right mindset…
It’s not your job to “fix” the ineffective leader
Your obligation is to “add value” to the ineffective leader/organization.
Adding value allows you to succeed under poor or ineffective leadership
What type of leader are you dealing with? Are they insecure & lacking in confidence?
Insecure leaders tend to think everything is about them & insecurity tends to be pushed downhill…leading to dysfunction.
So what are we to do? One thing you should not do is BITCH ABOUT THE BOSS! It’s so easy to complain around the water-cooler about how great things would be without our dysfunctional leadership at the top.
The brutal truth is that we have way more influence than we think: “No matter what our circumstances, our greatest limitation isn’t the leader above us – it’s the spirit within us.”
As professional leaders, It’s our obligation to find ways to intentionally add value to the organization and the customer.
Despite the bad leader above you, you are still the most influential person to those that directly report to you.
This gives you tremendous power and opportunity to affect real change!
Steps we can take:
- Develop a professional relationship with the ineffective leader…do not pull away.
- Find out what the ineffective leader’s strengths are.
- Leverage the ineffective leader’s strengths.
- Augment and complement the ineffective leader’s weakness…fill in their gaps.
- Leave the details and “how” it’s accomplished to your team.
- Tactfully introduce leadership resources to the ineffective leader.
- Affirm this leader publicly.
Take a listen to this podcast episode where I describe a recent argument I had with a fellow Captain at my airline who rationalized his apathy towards the customer and his leadership role as a result of dysfunctional senior leadership.