November 28, 2022


The capacity to use your technical knowledge to produce results is crucial for an individual contributor. 

However, once you rise into a leadership position, the tools you relied on to achieve your goals alone are rarely sufficient to help you achieve your goals through the efforts of others. 

Watch out for the logical fallacy that says, “If I can perform this task successfully, I should be able to lead a team of people who do this work.” This would be the case if managing people were similar to operating a more advanced version of a machine you had experience with. 

However, this is not the case because unlike machines, which do not perform better or worse depending on how they perceive you, people do.

It’s not the same as being in a position of leadership. Connecting with others, inspiring motivation, and creating a sense of ownership of common goals are all necessary for leadership. Understanding how you think and behave as well as how your actions impact others will help you lead others more effectively 

Continuous personal growth is necessary for effective leadership. However, those in leadership positions frequently avoid the time-consuming and difficult work of deepening self-insight in favor of pursuing management “tools”—preferably the “quick ‘n’ easy” variety, such as personality type assessments that reduce workers to a few simplistic behavioral tendencies, implicit bias workshops that are used as a temporary fix for systemic discrimination, or stack ranking systems that claim to reduce discrimination in the workplace. requiring managers to compare workers to one another will help them find the greatest personnel. 

This mechanistic method is frequently a dead end that misdirects leaders’ attention away from the relationship between their behavior and employee outcomes, then being a shortcut to effective leadership.

Effective leadership can benefit from tools. However, none of them can replace fearless introspection, actively seeking feedback, and persistent efforts to improve one’s conduct for higher effectiveness and a bigger beneficial impact on others. 

Leaders acquired the awareness of how their preconceptions influence their actions as well as the ability to intentionally adopt attitudes and behaviors that improved leadership results.

Take the Lead! ©Joshua H. Adara

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