Most leaders strive to make sure everything is running correctly, but because they are so busy and have so much to do, they may not always notice when their own leadership or company is lacking alignment, causing the organization and its people to be distressed.
Leaders need to understand there are always warning signs of misalignment, but they can be easily missed. Addressing them is crucial for improving leadership and a company’s performance and effectiveness.
To improve alignment, focus on these 10 warning signs of leadership to improve your company:
Decision making takes too long: When decisions take a long time, this can be a sign that there is a lack of clear goals and objectives, or that there is a lack of trust and collaboration among team members. Therefore, as a leader you need to learn to be decisive and bold when making decisions.
Too many meetings: If your team is spending too much time in meetings, it could be a sign that there is a lack of clear communication and coordination among team members. Therefore, as a leader you need to curtail the amount of meetings and make each meeting shorter and more effective.
Lack of vision: If people don’t know the vision, it’s likely they don’t know what to work on or what direction to go. Therefore, as a leader. you need to clarify the vision and communicate it concisely and consistently.
Overload of emails: If your team is overwhelmed by a constant stream of emails, it could be a sign that there is a lack of clear processes and protocols for communication and decision making. Therefore, as a leader, you need to stop emailing every time you have a thought.
Working in silos: If team members are working in isolation and not collaborating with others, it could be a sign that there is a lack of trust and coordination among team members. Therefore, as a leader, you need to work on creating a culture of inclusiveness and collaboration.
Lack of responsibility: If team members are unsure of their roles and responsibilities, it could be a sign that there is a lack of accountability and oversight. Therefore, as a result, as a leader, you need to define roles and responsibilities and make sure everyone knows what they need to do to excel.
Lack of respect at lower levels: If team members at lower levels are not respected enough to make decisions and take action, it could be a sign that there is a lack of trust and delegation of authority among team members. Therefore, as a leader, you must allow people to do their jobs and trust them to do it well.
Communication is selectivity: If team members are only communicating with each other to protect their own interests, it could be a sign that there is a lack of trust and collaboration among team members. Therefore, as a leader, you must break down the barriers that are keeping people from communicating with each other.
Lack of motivation: If team members are not motivated to do their best work, it could be a sign that there is a lack of recognition and appreciation. Therefore, as a leader, it is important to recognize and appreciate your people all the time, not just once a year.
Rumors and gossip is rampant: If there is a lot of gossip and rumors among team members, it could be a sign that there is a lack of transparency within the organization. Therefore, as a leader, you should stop tolerating the dysfunction of gossip and rumors and encourage openness and candor that starts at the top.
Lack of alignment is devastating for any organization. Not fixing it can be detrimental, as a leader you have a responsibility to your people, the culture, and the company. Therefore, as a leader, it’s important to learn how to align everything you do and how you do it. Learn where you are misaligned and fix it.
Lead From Within: Creating alignment in your leadership and organization creates a more effective, productive, and successful company.
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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.