What’s wrong with flying under the radar?
Have you ever worked with a leader who is physically there, yet psychologically absent? Someone who avoids ownership, meaningful engagement, and shifts the blame to others? This type of leader can be difficult, if not impossible to please – slowly killing productivity and engagement in the workplace. While an absentee leader’s behavior may not come across as toxic, it can be more harmful than it appears on the surface. Today, Janet discusses the impact of absentee leadership and how we can instead build a community of great leaders.
This episode addresses questions, such as:
- What are the characteristics of absentee leaders?
- How do organizations and teams usually cope with absentee leadership?
- Why should community members boldly draw attention to absentee leaders?
Featured Episode Resources
HBR | THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF INCOMPETENT LEADER
9P | SIGNS OF EXECUTIVE LEADER SABOTAGE
One purpose of the senior leader is to support and keep the executive leadership team aligned to the organization’s goals and values. Sabotage on the executive team can take shape in a variety of behaviors and actions. As the senior leader, if you notice any of the signs of executive leadership sabotage, investigate the situation further. Then, address the individual privately.
9P | SUPPORT-CONFRONT-SUPPORT LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
We provide support and feedback to those we work with because when we invest in each other’s success, the whole organization is better off. Sometimes we face a situation when we need to provide feedback that is difficult to bring up to a colleague or even a supervisor.
9P | DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Many of us are in frequent contact daily with a number of colleagues, some of which are easier to work with than others. Leading or working with a colleague who is negative, stubborn, procrastinates, or is otherwise difficult undermines productivity and happiness in the workplace.
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