Leaders have the choice of continuing to react to circumstances as they pop up all day, “patching the dam” and feeling out of control of their schedules and influence. OR, leaders can choose to be proactive, getting ahead of as much as they can with intentionality and systems that lead to a healthier organization–and a healthier leader!
Reactive leaders Proactive leaders
Yell at staff who keep failing Train staff to be successful
Experience the same negative patterns Develop effective processes
Are the last ones to know or get surprised Establish two-way feedback loops
Blame, listen to blame, and get blamed Make accountability a team core value
Deal with everyone’s petty complaints Point people back to the person they struggle with
Miss deadlines Block out time to adhere to timelines
Allow everyone to interrupt/de-rail productivity Protects priority productivity time
Are disconnected from the “action” Appear/lead regular staff meetings at all levels
Get overwhelmed and burn out Follow a system of self-care and work-life boundaries
Feel like they must do it all Empower/trust their core team to shoulder the load
Spend too much time doing tasks in own weak areas Spend time doing the few things in their strength zone
Delay addressing festering attitude issues Confront teammates who behave “below the line”
For more application to your leadership team, reach out to me for a complimentary consultation at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put our heads together to determine if a retreat or training just might be in store to get out of the jail of “putting out fires” in your non-profit board or business core team.