Stephen Covey wrote a book describing the seven habits of highly effective people. Well, if there are habits that people can acquire to make them effective, then there are also habits that leaders will want to avoid or break that cause them to be ineffective. Here are some I have been thinking about and working on:
Leaders who want to be effective will be careful that they are not:
1. Spending too much time managing and not enough time leading
Leadership guru Warren Bennis notes that most organizations are over-managed and under-led. There are major differences between managing and leading. Here are a few:
2. Spending too much time in counseling the hurting and not enough time in developing the leaders
John Maxwell makes the observation that people with very strong mercy gifts don't function well in visionary leadership. They don't want to hurt anybody or make decisions that offend or cause conflict. My experience would verify that.
Those leaders who know they have a strong mercy side must be very careful about who they spend time with. All their available time and energy will go to the hurting and the discouraged, leaving minimal time to develop future leaders which is the leader’s main responsibility. The hurting will find you. You will have to find the leaders.
3. Spending too much time fighting fires and not enough time lighting fires.
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Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 1:36PM