“Effective” Leadership Matters….and It Burns From The Heart
Friends, “effective” Leadership has become more important now than ever. I am sure that we have all had our dealings with “poor” leadership. It may have been a “sour” experience, at your place of employment, in your church, or even your home, but effective Leadership matters, why? I’m so glad you asked! I am a firm believer that everything rises and falls on Leadership.
I have experienced my fair share or poor Leadership skills from those in Leadership positions above me, mainly in Corporate America. However, I too have experienced poor leadership in the church setting as well as in the home, so I am speaking from experience when I tell you that Leadership will either cause a rise or a fall.
May I share a personal experience with you? Before I begin I would like to qualify this discussion by saying that I am neither bitter nor resentful of the outcome of my poor Leadership experiences. It were actually these experiences that helped to push me further toward my purpose in life. Ok, now that we have cleared the air on that, shall we begin the discussion?
I honestly, did not realize how damaging poor Leadership was until a few years ago when I witnessed it first-hand. I was employed at a Global Investment Firm and I was struggling. Not struggling in the sense that I didn’t cut the mustard. Friends, I actually cut the mustard quite well, I cut the mustard, with a side of ketchup and pickles and onions. As a matter of fact, if something needed to get done, you more than likely wanted to see me to make sure it was going to happen. So why was I struggling? The answer will blow your mind, I was under the direction of poor Leadership.
The Leadership direction that I followed was insecure, the leadership was also incompetent and above all the leadership was inadequate to lead. If you are in a position of leadership and others don’t want to follow you then you are taking a long walk with yourself. If you put a “superstar” on the team with an inadequate leader, you are going to face some struggles, that’s just a fact of life. Unfortunately, it was a fact that I was unaware of until I was confronted with it. What type of struggles? Where do I begin?
Insecure and inadequate leaders are willing to fight to hold their position and “superstars” are the LAST thing they want to have on their team. Friends, superstars are a “threat” to insecure and inadequate leaders. These types of leaders feel that a “super-star” will come in and still the show, but worse than that, they feel that a super-star will steal their position. And because of these feelings these type of people in leadership positions are willing to do anything to prevent this from happening and I mean ANYTHING! Lying, sabotage, and undermining are tactics that are not above the “acts” of an insecure and inadequate leader.
If you find yourself in a situation with an inadequate and insecure leader, I encourage you to not become bitter or resentful toward this individual. In my personal experience, I felt a sense of sadness for these people. Can you imagine the daily struggle that these type of people must endure, to try to hold on to a position in which they are well aware they are not equipped or qualified for? Now that my friends is a real struggle and in this struggle there is only unrest with no peace. The super-star can find a new place to shine but the inadequate and insecure leader shall eventually perish.
Ask yourself, does the Leadership that you follow create a rise, if not, what are you prepared to do to prevent the fall? #LeadershipMatters
Sharon D. Meadows is a Certified Professional Transformation Coach and the Author of the Amazon Best – Seller, Journey to A New You—A Transformational Guide to Discovering Your Inner Strengths!
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