Lack of Leadership
What do you do when your leader doesn’t lead? Team performance suffers as a result. Should you try to step in and lead? Or is that presumptuous, as he is the leader? We’ll pose 3 approaches to handling things in the absence of leadership. You’ll know then, if you confront a lack of leadership, what your best approach to it is.
You are on a newly formed team, assigned to come up with a recommendation for reducing costs within your organization by five percent in the next year.
All departments are represented on the six-member team. While team members are acquainted with each other, none of you normally works together. The company designated Warren as leader because he is a senior cost-accountant with 30 years experience at your firm.
After just a few meetings, you are concerned about Warren. While his knowledge is essential to the team’s mission, he shows Q2 reluctance to lead the group. He allows discussions to drift into time-wasting side issues. He doesn’t challenge the team to put aside their surface politeness and really wrestle with some of the difficult choices that will have to be made. Two members hardly say anything at all. For all intents and purposes, the team is leaderless.
When Leadership Fails
You are concerned that Warren’s ineffectual leadership is going to result in poor team performance. Company officials could be very disappointed by the team’s output. But you are not the team leader. In the absence of leadership, what can you do?