I read an article by Anne Morriss, Robin Ely and Frances Frei. They studied leadership from three different perspectives: how race and gender affect leadership; how CEOs and other senior managers make it to the top of organizations; and how social entrepreneurs can make an impact in the world.
From those perspectives, they identified a number of behaviors that impede leaders from making the impact they desire. Slow developing leaders:
I share these today for those of you who would like to lead more. I wrote these down when I read them because I have found these insights to be true.
I have done all of these things at times and regret them.
I see these things done all the time and use them as coaching tips for others.
Are you ambitious to a fault? Do others mistrust you because of ambition?
Are you playing it safe too often? Is there more you could do?
Do you put your ego aside and focus on being a good teammate?
If you aren’t having the leadership impact you wish, it’s good to consider these angles.
If you are coaching a prospective leader and haven’t been able to put your finger on how to advise them to improve, maybe these are good insights.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.