The following is a collection of thoughts around actions and attitudes of a lazy leader. If you find something that is consistent with your behaviours, join the club!
I have seen, learnt and exampled many of these over my 25 years in leadership and ministry.
It’s time to correct them. It’s time to be better.
- Dump their responsibilities onto others. Delegation is always done with respect and compassion.
- Ask what’s in this for me rather than how can I build someone else. The more we build others we build ourselves.
- Overstate their importance. You are never to big to do something small.
- Overstep their authority. ”Demanding” leaders often mistreat and misuse the people they are charged with building.
- Always tell, but never help. The example of leadership is worth far more than the sound of it.
- Dictate how and when things are done. Freedom is a leadership tool well worth exploring.
- Demand more of others than they do of themselves. If they ”have to” so should you.
- Walk past problems expecting that someone else will fix it. A natural bent to correct things is exampled, not annunciated.
- Use vulnerable people’s time for their own gain. A good leader respects time of the people they lead, especially volunteers.
- Ignore genuine but uncomfortable questions. A strong leader is comfortable with confrontation
- Arrogantly pass the buck. A leader takes responsibility for losses and passes on credit for success.
- Look down on others. No one is beneath your kindness and dignity.
- Hide. Confrontation is natural, embrace it and practice.
- Have a can’t be bothered attitude. If you can’t be bothered why shouldn’t anyone else?
- Put things in the too hard basket. Have a not right now basket instead.
- Say “I deserve this”. Entitlement leads to disgruntled followers.
- Take advantage of the organisation they belong to and others around them. Act with honour and set yourself apart.
- Expects everything but gives nothing. A generous leader grows through their generosity. So do the people who follow.
- Don’t develop others and consistently take over because they can “do it better myself”. Micromanagement is just plain ugly and doesn’t reap the fruit you want.
- Easily distracted (by more appealing things). Be faithful in the little, not just faithful to the much.
- Looks for the easiest way, not the best way. Sometimes the best way is the easiest way, but shirking hard work is never the best way.
- Accepts things the way they are. Refusing to change brings no fruit. Always believe that it can be better.
- Allows poor effort. Poor results are acceptable if the effort is high, poor effort should be condemned regardless of the result.
- Fails to organise themselves. A good structure and routine builds effectiveness. A poor one brings fruitlessness and frustration.