I read an article by Anne Morriss, Robin Ely and Frances Frei. They studied leadership from three different perspectives: how race and gender affect leadership; how CEOs and other senior managers make it to the top of organizations; and how social entrepreneurs can make an impact in the world.
From those perspectives, they identified a number of behaviors that impede leaders from making the impact they desire. Slow developing leaders:
I share these today for those of you who would like to lead more. I wrote these down when I read them because I have found these insights to be true.
I have done all of these things at times and regret them.
I see these things done all the time and use them as coaching tips for others.
Are you ambitious to a fault? Do others mistrust you because of ambition?
Are you playing it safe too often? Is there more you could do?
Do you put your ego aside and focus on being a good teammate?
If you aren’t having the leadership impact you wish, it’s good to consider these angles.
If you are coaching a prospective leader and haven’t been able to put your finger on how to advise them to improve, maybe these are good insights.