A Fading Tradition in Leadership
There is no question about it; there are so many benefits to being the boss that few people would pass up the opportunity to become a leader of an organization. This is true whether that organization is successful or whether it is struggling. An even fewer number of people would refuse a leadership position, even though they might not be able to do the job as efficiently or as effectively as others might do it.
The common belief is that a leader is the most qualified individual within an organization. That person knows the organization in every imaginable angle. But to what extent this is true? Perhaps it used to be that way. Nowadays, however, this is seldom the case.
In many cases, the leader is the least knowledgeable person in the organization. He has to rely on the expertise of others in order to make any decision. Of course, this reality often changes overtime, at least so as a the new leader has found his own footing within the organization.
Another issue worth pointing out is that most organizations seldom make in-house promotions, at least when it comes to leadership. Sometimes, that could lead to all kinds of issues, notably the ones outlined above. There are other issues worth taken into account as well.
The New Leadership Effect
Whenever a new leader comes aboard, he often brings along his mannerism, which may be incompatible with the culture at the organization. The new leader often creates more problems than he solves existing ones. That is one of the reasons most employees often dread leadership changes.
The presupposition here centers on the notion that a person’s ability to perform a task or his or her capacity to do a job well is a precondition for holding a leadership position. That deduction, however, could be the result of a traditional approach to leadership. The problem is that leadership is not like that anymore. That tradition, for lack of a better term, is “fading away” quickly.
What are the criteria to becoming a leader? Let us explore this question in the next installment.