As Human Resources leaders, we care deeply about leadership competencies in two ways:
- The first, is putting forth the effort to identify, develop, and implement them.
- The second, which is BY FAR the one we immediately forget, is to hold our leaders accountable to live up to those competencies.
Every day we're challenged as unexpected circumstances arise. These aren't necessarily 'bad things' but they do require attention. Our attention.
For example...new initiatives are planned and launched...milestones must not only be met, but a significant amount of effort must go into reaching those milestones on schedule...
But somehow, things aren't moving along as they should.
Another example...outdated policies and practices are identified that no longer make sense (think anything your organization has written relative to social media, employer brand strategies, or sharing content)...yet, somehow, no one ever gets around to being courageous enough to challenge the old-school thinking in the compliance department...
So yet again, things aren't moving along as they should.
Not Unwilling...Just Unable
Back to leadership competencies. We write them. We agonize over the exact words that will represent what our organization values most in our leaders. We roll them out through training and communication plans, and ultimately integrate them into job descriptions.
Why then, after all of that effort, do we allow leaders to avoid living up to them? How is it that so much high quality work can be so quickly squandered when "leaders" appear to choose not to follow through and execute?
I submit that it is for one simple reason. It's not that they don't want to do the hard work. I am convinced more than ever, that many leaders simply can not do it.
The over-inflated arrogance they carry with them consistently crashes and burns for all to see when projects do not move forward.
They can not respond to the challenge, and when leaders are unable, they no longer deserve to serve in that role.
Harsh? Honestly friends, I don't think so.
How About You
Take a look at your leaders, and compare their behavior with the leadership competencies you've committed to as an organization. Who consistently misses the mark, despite intervention, support, and 'fresh starts?'
Something to think about.
I'd love to hear from you.