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February 25, 2013

If you want to dramatically reduce your Leadership effectiveness, here are two styles guaranteed to do just that. Both approaches dramatically decrease the probability of gaining a competitive advantage and increase the probability of mediocrity and decline. And the beautiful thing is that if you avoid doing the things that define these two styles, you will dramatically improve your effectiveness as a Leader.

You may recognize the behaviors. You see them in so many planning conversations, team meetings, employee interactions, Leadership debates, and performance reviews.

boss-pointing-200x300My Way or the Highway

  • Does not allow anyone to challenge the status quo
  • Pushes self-serving agendas
  • Uses strong-arm tactics
  • Drives territorialism
  • Plays the blame game
  • Negatively impacts team morale
  • Creates an atmosphere of fear, anxiety, animosity and burnout
  • Uses position as power to force own ideas
  • “The last person who disagreed with me…”
  • Loses the best talent



Don’t Make Waves

  • Introduces modest adjustments to maintain the status quo
  • Tinkers with performance and avoids dealing with performance issues
  • Permits the organization to carry on with ineffective policies
  • Allows political games
  • Tries to please everybody all the time
  • “I want to be your best friend”
  • Encourages no changes in perceptions, attitudes and behaviors, or strategy

Extraordinary Leaders, on the other hand, create a climate where the truth is told, brutal facts are confronted, pink elephants are discussed, solutions are debated, commitments are made and kept, and unified teams stand behind decisions.

At the CoachQuest Leader-as-Coach Workshop we teach Leaders how to:

Think in radical ways, challenging the status quo
Act courageously, while balancing accountability and motivation
Talk with sincerity, honesty and in a REAL fashion while inviting the same
Profit by creating an environment where everyone can profit

The next CoachQuest Workshop takes place on June 6 and 7 in Dallas. Register today.


Helanie Scott
Helanie Scott
Helanie (pronounced yeh-LAH-nee) Scott, CEO and founder of Align4Profit in Dallas, Texas, has driven stunning leadership and cultural transformations for an impressive list of organizations. She has mastered the ability to connect with her audiences in the boardroom, classroom, on stage, or in one-on-one coaching sessions. Helanie’s Align4Profit clients rave at the way her engaging programs freshen outdated mindsets and deliver results-oriented, aligned action.