by Tony Richards
Imagine yourself and others riding in a vehicle on a very busy freeway, traffic heavy and moving fast. Your driver is jerking through the lanes and cars. You are seated in the back end of the vehicle with others, feeling nervous and possibly clutching hands with each other. There’s no projecting what might happen next as the situation is constantly changing and the driver is continuously reacting in a herky-jerky fashion based on a moment-by-moment constantly changing situation. Everyone in the vehicle wants to bail out for their own safety at any point an opening might present itself.
This is exactly the feeling employees and followers have with a situational leader.
Leaders who lead with principles, core values and consistent proactive direction make everyone on the team feel more secure. Employees may even be able to make the decisions at their level because they understand how decisions in the organization are consistently made. The culture makes most of the decisions, because the clarity of culture lets everyone know how “we do things around here”. Therefore there are no surprises, because most decisions are clear and apparant.
Leaders who advocate a strong culture are secure in themselves, which makes everyone feel secure.
Some things to consider: