Leadership support is vital to the success of any project or process a team is executing. In fact, if your leadership is not supportive, I believe your potential impact decreases by a minimum of 50%.
As someone who coaches leaders and entrepreneurs on how to fix and grow their business, I have seen the effects on a team when their leader isn’t 100% on board.
It tends to look like:
- Incomplete projects
- Lost morale with individuals and teams
- Lost productivity
- Undermined leadership effectiveness
- Decreased trust and loyalty from team members to leadership
- And potential gossip
As a leader, you must understand that your team gets their energy from you. So if they believe that you aren’t sold out on whatever it is that you have them doing, then in turn, they will lose faith in it as well.
Too many times I see this leadership action masked as “trust” or “delegation” to team members. Leaders say that they are allowing team members the room to do what is needed.
This is shows an incredible amount of immaturity in a leader. If you trust your team to pull something off, then you inject your support and approval.
And proper delegation means doing everything you can to help a team member succeed. (I probably need to post about that as well. :-))
So if you’re seeing the issues that I listed above, take a hard look at what you’re doing as a leader. Perhaps you need to get in the game and support your team.
Question: Tell us of a time you experienced an unsupportive leader.