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February 22, 2013

Barriers to effective leadership

It is very strange that everyone analyzes the required leadership competences, skills and qualities before deciding on what Leadership activities company will apply to a certain person, but none analyzes the possible barriers to effective leadership. Actually, I think, it is more important to, first, concentrate and work on removing those barriers, and only after that create a leadership development action plan. Otherwise, company will spend enormous amount of many on deciding and building leadership model, which won’t probably work, as participants were not ready to those changes. There can be the following barriers (Gill, 2011):

  • Low self-esteem, when person experience lack of motivation and can suffer from depression;
  • Lack of self-confidence, it may turn into lack of confidence in other people;
  • Fear of failure or shame;
  • ‘Thinking inside the box’, which may lead to ‘paralysis by analysis’;
  • The adverse consequences of stress

Actually, while I was writing, I realized that I have all above-mentioned barriers!!!! Good! Now I know what I will have to deal with. Next step will be finding the way in which company can remove those barriers (these are just assumptions that needs more deep research):

  • Low self-esteem => to help employee to achieve small goals every day and recognize his or her progress;
  • Lack of self-confidence => NLP trainings and workshops on self-development;
  • Fear of failure, shame => acting classes, that might help to break complexes;
  • ‘Thinking inside the box’ => to organize some trips, to draw inspiration from new experience
  • Consequences of stress => to provide 15 minutes break each hour and a half, fitness and healthy food.

I will be happy if anyone suggests other solutions!!! I think this can be usefull for all of us)


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