Here’s a question from the EntreLeadership Podcast:
I work for a company that has very poor leadership. What should I do in a situation where I want to be led by strong leaders? I have a lot of ideas how to run the company better, but there is no “team” atmosphere, and the boss’ head is basically buried in the sand.—B.M.
The first thing that jumps out at me is personality styles. Most likely, the leader is a high S on the DISC profile, which means he has a very amiable personality. He’s very slow to act and slow to make decisions. He hates conflict and is concerned about messing people up by making the wrong call. With that in mind, it sounds like you are a high I, probably with a decent amount of D in you. You’re an influencing personality that needs to constantly be challenged.
If this is correct, it makes sense why you’re frustrated. A leader becoming stronger only happens through maturity, and any personality style can get there. Just because someone can bark out orders doesn’t mean they are strong. It just means they’re a dictator. If your main goal is to be led by a strong leader, you may be out of luck at this company. Until he is taught to be a strong leader, he’s not going to be one.
However, if you want to get your ideas across and make some changes in the company, that’s a different story. The key, as John Maxwell would say, is influence. In order to get your ideas to your leaders and to have them act on them, you must influence them. If they see you as the constant complainer or the person who appears to be insubordinate, they won’t listen.
However, if you spend your time serving them and showing them that you know what you’re talking about, they will start to listen. They have to feel as though you have their best interests at heart, as well as the company’s. Show them:
- How you take on responsibility with a “buck stops here” attitude.
- How you are able to tackle any task they give you with energy and enthusiasm.
- How you always make sure you keep them completely in the know with what’s going on.
- How you create a team atmosphere yourself.
- How you work with others and help them to be successful.
As you do these things, your leadership will notice. As you show them how much of a servant you are for them, the team and the company, they will begin to listen to what you have to say.
Question: How have you convinced weaker leaders to implement your ideas?
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- How To Influence Your Leadership (ChrisLoCurto.com)