As a leader, have you ever felt as if you were rowing upstream alone while your team watched from the bank, wondering what you were doing? Have you ever felt as if you were the only one carrying a sense of urgency to get something done? I’ve experienced this as a leader and I’ve also heard similar stories from leaders we’ve coached.
A leader’s responsibility is to achieve desired results through people. It works best with the collective efforts of the team and with everyone rowing in the same direction.
But many times managers and their people are not aligned on goals. For example, we conducted a survey in a leadership class, asking leaders “How well does your organization perform alignment conversations?” Out of 450 responses, 59 percent selected “Needs improvement” and 20 percent selected “What alignment conversations?” For these leaders, there was a lot of rowing upstream.
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