The difference between good and bad leadership

We are all leaders; somebody is looking at you for guidance.

There is something that I’ve said before but find that I need to remind you.

It’s about effective leadership.

Well, actually, it’s about ineffective leadership.

Effective Leadership

  • you are the custodian of the vision – where we are going – and regularly share that with your team;
  • you are the example of the standards of performance and behaviour that are expected;
  • you are an effective delegator
    • you delegate that which is not your unique ability;
    • you state clearly what you want done;
    • you state clearly by when you want it done;
    • you ask to be notified on completion;
    • you then stay away until notification is due;
    • if it’s done incorrectly – I will train;
  • you are slow to chide and swift to bless.

Ineffective Leadership

  • you abdicate – what the hell, I don’t care, I have too many of my own problems;
  • you micro-manage
    • I asked you to do this – have you done it yet?
    • how are you doing it?
    • if it were me I wouldn’t do it that way;
    • why aren’t you doing it as quickly as I would have?
    • I’m sending someone to watch how you do it;
    • if its done incorrectly – I will complain;
  • you are slow to bless and swift to chide.

Get it?

I’m still dealing with the after-effects of ineffective leadership.

It’s called “losing your best people”.

Is that what you wanted?


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.