Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction.
7 LAZY LEADERSHIP PRACTICES
1. Not delegating.
· It’s easier many times just to “do it myself” than to go through the process of delegating.
· Good delegating takes hard work.
· You can’t just “dump and run”.
· You have to help people know the vision, understand a win, and stay close enough in case they need you again.
2. Giving up after the first try.
· No one likes to fail.
· Sometimes it’s easier to start over rather than fight through the messiness and even embarrassment of picking up the pieces of a broken dream, but if the dream was valid the first time, it probably has some PURPOSE today.
3. Not investing in younger leaders.
· There’s the whole generational gap—differences in values, communication styles, expectations, etc.
· It would be easier to surround ourselves with all like-minded people, but who wins with that approach—especially long-term?
4. Settling for mediocre performance.
· It’s more difficult to push for excellence.
· Average results come with average efforts.
· It’s the hard work and the final efforts that produce the best results.
· But, the experience of celebrating when you’ve done your best work is always worth the extra energy.
5. Not explaining why.
· “Just do what I say” leadership saves a lot of the leader’s time.
· If I don’t have to explain what’s in my head—just tell people what to do—I get to do more of what I want to do.
· Continual vision casting is often the harder work, but necessary for the best results in leadership.
6. Assuming the answer without asking questions.
·Or, not asking enough questions.
· It’s easier just to move forward sometimes—and sometimes it’s even necessary to move quickly—but many times we just didn’t put enough energy into making the best decision. Often its because we don’t want to know or are afraid to know the real answer. That’s the lazy way of making decisions.
7. Avoiding conflict.
· No one likes conflict. Not even those of us who don’t run from it.
· But, you can’t lead effectively without experiencing conflict. Every decision a leader makes is subject to agreement and disagreement. It’s why we need leadership.
· If there was only one direction, who needs a leader?
· To achieve best—the very best—we have to lead people beyond a simple compromise that makes everyone happy.
If you’ve been practicing lazy leadership, the best response is to fan into flame the EDGE you once had, turn away and fall back in love with the hard work of leadership. The benefits will be extraordinary!