The Leadership Paradox

by | Feb 29, 2024

Why Slowing Down Can Speed Up Success…

I was coaching a leader with personality traits that were a rare level of intensity.

Not a bad thing.

Just some very prominent, strong traits.

His intense traits were these:

High level of energy—He had a tendency toward being really driven, restless, and impatient.

Extremely decisive—His speed and willingness to accept the risk of decision making was very high.

He was losing the motivation and engagement of his team.

Before he learned this about his wiring, he was frustrated because he thought everyone around him MOVED AT A SNAIL’S PACE.

And technically, he was correct! 97.5% of the working population DOES show up less intensely in these areas than he does!

He thought his team moved slowly because they didn’t care.

Nothing was further from the truth. They did care. And he was losing them.

If you’re a leader that tends to move faster than everyone around you—similar to my client—here’s the tip…

TO BOSSES WHO MOVE FAST:

Recognize that the strength of your wiring is an asset and catalyst for change and growth.

But if the people you’re leading can’t keep up, you’re unintentionally sabotaging your team culture and results.

You’ll need to slow down to speed up.

TO EMPLOYEES WITH BOSSES WHO MOVE FAST:

Your boss’s natural wiring, drive and quick decision making has enabled her/him to be successful in their career to this point.

Give your boss respectful and honest feedback about the impact that his/her speed and pace is having on the team. Good leaders will appreciate and apply the feedback.

Remember: faster isn’t always better if you lose your team in the process.

Make sure that in moving fast, you’re also doing what’s best for the people you’re leading.

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