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February 2007

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The Weakest Leadership Style and Why

The book Good to Great by Jim Collins taught everyone what a few already suspected – great leaders can be quiet, unassuming and not follow the common stereotypes offered up in American culture.

One thing most people including Jim Collins agree on – a good leader can make a decision.

As consultants, we often give leaders a battery of assessments to pinpoint strengths to build on and opportunities to increase effectiveness. Over the years, there are a couple of factors that predict if not scientifically at least with enough predictability that we feel confident, those persons who will be ineffective leaders.

One thing we talked about in last month’s column – the toxic micro-manager. The exact opposite of that extreme is the “leader” who just can’t make a decision. The person who is fear based and scores really high on compliance.

Not that these people can’t be valuable employees – they can be. The key is to place them in a position where conservative controlling compliant action is important and keep them off the firing line of bold decision making. If you have an indecisive leader you will experience the following in the group he/she manages:

  1. Gossiping, backbiting and drama amongst staff

  2. Important decisions going unmade

  3. Majoring in minors – i.e., focusing on trivia and ignoring the important business drivers

  4. Unclear, messy processes

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