While our firm has the luxury of working with some really terrific companies around helping develop their leaders for the future, not every company understands the need to be congruent on what they say they want in their leaders’ behaviors AND what they actually get in behavior. We are always amazed by the notion that some companies prioritize a leader’s results over bad leadership behavior without even considering how this could affect the company’s reputation in the long run.
We see this time and time again in the following illustrated examples:
- Leaders with 360 feedbeek results where direct reports fear reprisal or backlash for telling the truth, so they sugarcoat their real feelings about the leader’s performance and impact
- Team leaders who only think “I” instead of “we” and undermine the growth and development of the talent on the team by focusing only their own accomplishments
- Leaders who only know how to direct or tell their people what to do, not empower or problem solve dilemmas with future impact, treating their people like order takers, or even worse, like sheep
- Boorish leaders on a power trip who talk badly about direct reports who are not in the meeting
- Leaders who blame others instead of stepping up and taking responsibility
- Leaders who want to control every aspect of their functional area
- Leaders who bully or intimidate based on their power base
The impact this bad behavior has on your company is often hard to measure. You may fool yourself into thinking that as long as the results are good, everything is okay and that is the problem. Somewhere in your organization, right now, there is a person who reports to one of these difficult leaders and they are thinking:
- Why do we even have a leadership competency model if we are not going to use it?
- What is management thinking by tolerating, and even celebrating, this leader as a high potential?
- How do I get out of here? It is time to look for a new job because they just don’t care.
- Why should I stay late to finish this project when my leader doesn’t care about me?
We know that people do not leave companies – they leave bad bosses. But you can bet when they are out in the community or have landed at another company and are asked about their employment at your company, they will talk about that bad boss and they will also show their anger and disappointment with your company.
What are you doing to develop your leaders so that their behavior and their results are in alignment? Your company’s reputation just might depend on your answer to this question. Contact us to learn how Clearwater Consulting can help your leaders.