The “Emergency Mode” Leadership Style
For those that haven't yet been subjected to it, let me give you a few of the warning signs to look for to let you know that it may be coming within y
Maybe you have been the unlucky participant in a team effort where the leadership individual or group practices the “emergency mode” of leadership. If you have then you probably don’t need me to explain to you what that looks like.
For those that haven’t yet been subjected to it, let me give you a few of the warning signs to look for to let you know that it may be coming within your organization.
The Emergency Mode Leader Philosophy:
- Never plan ahead more than two weeks.
- Make sure that your communication is confusing or incomplete.
- Always try to give directives in generalities and never specify who should complete them.
- Procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate.
- Ignore that gut feeling that tells you to face that challenge.
- Always fly by the seat of your pants.
- Make your deficiencies everyone else’s fault and problem.
- Never try to improve your leadership skills.
- Always manage others by pressure instead of influence.
- Be sure and crack that whip.
- Take on way more than you should, then make your people do the same.
- Always focus on results.
- Make sure all of your meetings focus on ideas and not implementation.
- Ignore the concepts of organization and strategic thinking.
- Practice the mantra – The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”
Hopefully you will never encounter this type of leadership, but if you find these qualities in others or maybe even in yourself, it could be time to call in the emergency response team and deal with that self made crisis.