August 2013 – Leading From a Place of Fear

You may be leading from a place of fear if the following apply to you:

  1. You frequently take the easy way out.
    Planners have a professional obligation to follow a clear code of ethics and provide professional recommendations. Don’t be so timid.
  2. You pretend you don’t know what you actually know.
    Make the tough decisions. Relates to number 1 above.
  3. You fall victim to “shiny ball” syndrome.
    A shiny ball rolls buy and you follow it rather than focus on your key priorities.
  4. You ignore what’s causing “weight and drag” in your organization.
    Could be a policy or person. In government it is often a person. Remove the obstacles.
  5. You refuse to balance your head and your gut.
    Planners love to analyze but don’t forget to also use your intuition. There are many recent management articles on this idea.
  6. You hide behind the “I’m not quite ready” excuse.
    Just go ahead and launch that new policy or ordinance. Two or three years to do a new plan is just too long. Do everything in 12 months or less.
  7. You forsake the present in favor of the future or the past.
    Your Comprehensive Plan is only as good as its implementation.
  8. You see only the information that agrees with your beliefs.
    You keep looking for problems that you have the answers to, “answers in search of questions.” Then you miss the main questions.
  9. You’re constantly blaming others.
    Your elected officials may be SOBs but they are your SOBs so learn to work with them.
  10. You’re too harsh.
    Motivate and encourage your employees. On the other hand don’t be an over recognizer which can lose its effectiveness.
  11. You reward effort rather than achievement.
    Don’t be too soft about expectations.
  12. You’re a helicopter leader.
    You hover over your employees. Learn to empower.
  13. You solve problems for people.
    You need to empower, see 12 above.

 The Management Doctor

 *Abstracted and edited from American Management Association 2012-13 article by Mike Staver.