There is a skill gap in leaders which is most annoying for their direct reports and peers, but is sometimes well-hidden from their bosses. Unnoticed, that is, until you can see talented subordinates are exiting, or important peers get uncooperative. The gap is a leader’s inability to prepare the execution of a plan, and their reliance instead on passion and a vigorous last-minute “rally-of-the-troops” to get things done. How do you know if one of your leaders has this fatal flaw?
We are only two months into the year, but are you and your team feeling overwhelmed, de-motivated and stressed? It’s frustrating when you are leading a tired team of professionals who care about their work. Still, this fatigue is not uncommon. Small teams charged with large mandates are especially vulnerable as they plug away with little hope of reaching their goals. Sometimes an expected vacancy is what pushes everyone over the edge. Of course, demands increase as you deliver good results, but it’s hard to be celebratory when you are exhausted.