The Leader’s Greatest Vulnerabilities – Part 5

Effective leaders have the best interest at heart for their team. They strive to help their team members carry their responsibilities successfully. To do so, these leaders stay in tune with the reality of their team. Leaders who allow themselves to get disconnected from their team decrease the effectiveness and become vulnerable. It was the topic of this series’ first three articles.

In addition to empathizing with their team’s reality, effective leaders must have a clear understanding of their client (i.e., the people they serve). Again, a disconnect here decreases a leader’s effectiveness and makes him or her vulnerable. We covered that in the previous post.

The third prong of the leader’s vulnerability is this: leaders must understand their organization; a lack of organizational awareness is a serious handicap to leaders.

The organization has a vision, objectives, goals, priorities, procedures, processes, units, departments, etc. Those affect the work of leaders and their team. Failure to understand their organization makes harder for leaders to row in the right direction and build momentum. They risk deviating from the vision, objectives, goals, and priorities. They risk failing to follow procedures and processes, which creates friction and frustration. They lose a lot of time trying to figure out who to talk to about specific issues.

The importance of organizational awareness for leadership effectiveness should not be underestimated. It’s the organization that provides the frame in which the leader leads his team and serves his clients. Therefore, leaders must have a clear understanding of that frame, in which they’re required to operate.

As a leader, you must seek to gain broad knowledge about your organization. This knowledge will help you perform your work better; it will inform your decisions, actions, and interactions.

If you’ve read all the articles of this series, you know that leaders are vulnerable when they lack an intimate understanding of their team, clients, or organization. Any gap in one of these three areas handicaps the leader and can become a vulnerability. Make sure you remain empathetic to your team members’ reality, understand your clients’ needs, and know your organization inside out.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.