I have been blessed over the years to work with some brilliant minds.Leaders who are far more accomplished and insightful than I can ever wish to be.As I’ve (hopefully) grown in my leadership style, I’ve become painfully aware that without those bright people around me, helping me, guiding me, and often times working for me, my success is in jeopardy.
I’M THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM, RIGHT?
Getting to this realization is a painful journey.As leaders, don’t we feel powerful, and start to believe our own self-talk that “our way is the best way?”After all, I’m the boss, right?A risky perspective at best.Why is it that over and over again I see leaders who fail to use the talents of the people around them? It seems to me they are insecure. Dr. John Maxwell effectively describes the risks of being aninsecure leaderand how that approach could be their downfall.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE KNOW-IT-ALL-LEADERS
Far too often we see leaders that are allowed to stay on; or worse, a revolving door of employees who feel they don’t have avoiceand walk out the door.None of us can afford to lose good staff.Ever.More and more we see organizations breaking through the traditional barriers of complacency and holding leaders, even senior leaders accountable.Isn’t that our job as HR professionals anyway?Aren’t we supposed to drive the accountability agenda?
When we step-up and make bold moves to remove failing leaders, we send a powerful message to our colleagues, employees and customers that those behaviors are simply not acceptable.
HOW ABOUT YOU
How have you dealt with the leaders who believe they are the smartest person in the room?Have you been able to support them through executive coaching, constructive feedback, or formal discipline?Or, are they sitting in the office next to yours, wondering why your organization is full of imbeciles?
Jay Kuhns is a human resources executive, leadership coach, speaker, consultant and is the author of Unstoppable Power, Leverage Energy, Risk and Relationships and Advance Your Leadership Career. He is a “Type A” leader who understands that human resources leadership is about high energy, creativity, strong personal connections and making changes that push organizations forward.