Each of you, as leaders, has a passion for achieving your leadership goals and aspirations.

As a member of the About Leaders community, you see the importance of taking the time to learn about other leaders and how to refine your leadership skills.

With this in mind, I want to share some of the extremely valuable and fascinating information that people have told me about their leaders.

The feedback I hear ranges from positive comments to deep frustrations.

Most often, I hear the frustrations – the leadership behaviors that annoy this person about another person which results in lower productivity and less than desirable performance.

Here are Examples

People come to me and say comments like:

  • “My manager doesn’t listen.”
  • “My employee doesn’t show a sense of urgency.”
  • “My co-worker doesn’t share information”
  • “My _____ doesn’t _____.”

How would you fill in the blanks?

Try it! This exercise is very valuable because it provides each of us an opportunity to reflect on needed conversations.

Think about specific behaviors that are holding us back, and potential barriers to accelerating our leadership skills.

Why Care about Barriers?

A total commitment to leadership success means challenging our thinking, priorities, and blind spots.

Unfortunately, what people don’t communicate to us are our behavioral blind spots – the things we routinely do to others, but don’t realize the impact of.

When blind spots are not revealed, and the truth about our behavior is not openly discussed, we continue to operate on cruise control.

We keep doing the same things over and over. As a result of our “unconscious incompetence”, our learning is stifled. We become our largest barrier to leadership success.

Related:  Servant Leadership - Whole Person Inventory

Barriers to Leadership

The purpose of the “Barriers to Leadership” series is to provide a discussion that all of us will want to participate in, genuinely reflect on, and ultimately increase our awareness of leadership barriers that affect everyone.

Some of the Top 10 Barriers will be things you have heard before, behaviors you have personally witnessed, and maybe a few surprises. Try to guess at least 2 of the Top 10 leadership barriers that employees have said are the most frustrating leadership behaviors of all.

What Are Barriers to Leadership?

If you have ideas that you feel like sharing that might be helpful to readers, share them in the comments section below. Thanks!

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Dr. Mary Kay
Dr. Mary Kay is a business leadership strategist, executive coach, trainer, author, and founder of the About Leaders community and drMaryKay.com. She’s consulted with hundreds of companies and trained thousands of leaders. Her Ultimate Leader Online course helps managers become more confident, decisive leaders. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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