What is Leadless Leadership? Leadership that advances an agenda at their subordinate’s expense. These leaders don’t understand the current workplace and don’t try to learn more or gain a broader understanding of their position.
My Masters in Organizational Leadership has taught me to always watch the leader. In the past I have watched leaders advance their agenda at the expense of others. They allowed other leaders from different departments to dictate what they should or should not do. At no time did the leader feel empowered to make its own decisions. Instead, they often failed to protect their staff that has performed for them time and time again.
If this resonates with you and this is your reality, here are a few things you can do:
- Assess whether you are celebrated or tolerated. For too long I stayed with a company that did not appreciate what I had accomplished. Don’t waste time.
- Realize your current situation and make a conscious decision to remain focused. Understand what is required and do that. Only focus on what you can change.
- Set a goal. Whether time or project, know when you will move on. Pressure and challenge can take you to the next level. Make sure that once the project is completed or the goal is met, you begin networking for your next endeavor.
Often times, knowing how you will handle a leadless leader make the situation bearable. You don’t have to sit there and take it. Having a strategy is crucial in your professional development. My advice to you is, don’t just exist and not take responsibility for your career. You are in control and empowered. Feel empowered to work your Moxie!