Ron Edmondson lists ‘seven dangers of leading in isolation’:
Without accountability in place many people will make bad decisions, because no one appears to be looking. We are more susceptible to temptation when we are alone.
We are made for community. There is an energy we gain from sharing life with other people. When the leader feels he or she is alone the likelihood of burning out, emotional stress and even depression increases.
The leader is clueless to the real problems in the organization and is fooled into believing everything (including the leader) is wonderful.
The leader panics when others question him or her. He or she tries to control every decision. They don’t want to be found out for not knowing all the answers.
Limits other people
The leader in isolation fails to communicate, invest, and release, which keeps other leaders from developing on the team. And, therefore, the organization isn’t prepared when the leader does exit.
The isolated leader never reaches his or her full potential as a leader, because they shut out influences, which would actually help them grow.
Limits the organization
In the end, the leader who leads in isolation keeps the organization from being all it can be. The leader sets the bar of how far an organization can go. If the leader is in isolation the organization will stifle.
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