Strong, strategic leaders are an incredible asset - but they can easily and permanently undermine the long-term success of the team. Here’s how you can avoid this common but often unseen pitfall.
Superstar leader, strong team - but growing disengagement
I was working with the Senior Leadership Team of a UK company.
10 experienced people around the table, including a phenomenal, brilliant high-performer as their leader.
Two people were taking up 50% of the “airtime” and engaging in vigorous debate. Add another two people, and 80% of the airtime was accounted for.
That meant that six people’s contributions (60% of the team!) were squeezed into the remaining 20% of airtime.
A recipe for disengagement, silo-thinking and underperformance.
Now, we solved the issue but it’s important to understand what the dynamics were that created this problem in the first place. I’ll explain that in a second - but you need to understand the power of the Conqueror vantage point first.