Over-functioning is irresponsible responsibility. – Murray Bowen
A Culture is a Reflection of the Leader,
The leader shapes the culture with their influence and skill good or bad. This included language.
The over-functioning leader creates an under-functioning culture.
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Leaders Get Results with Behavior – Both Good and Bad
The Leadership Challenge
The #1 complaint I hear from leaders: is that they, as leaders, do too much and their teams do too little. Leaders blame others for what they create. There is a reciprocity is over-functioning. The counter-force is under-functioning.
What is over-functioning? It is micromanaging. Over-functioning is doing something for others that they should be doing themselves.
If you want to make an enemy, then do something for them that they know they should do for themselves.We think we are helping, when, in fact, we are really causing an opposite emotional reaction.
Look at yourself. Are you doing things that others should be doing?
What will you start doing today to change your tendency to over-function?
We, as leaders, influence everyone in our presence. The orchestra conductor influences how the instrumentalists play: just playing the notes, or playing with passion. The conductor does not tell the orchestra how to play their instruments or play those instruments for them.
Many leaders struggle with underfunctioning staff, boards, volunteers, etc., and are not aware that they have potentially caused that problem with their overfunctioning presence.
In the recent post, “The Drawbacks Of An Overfunctioning Leader,” Geri Scazzero made these points about how overfunctioning causes problems:
1. Overfunctioning Disguises Itself As Caring
2. Overfunctioning Perpetuates Immaturity
3. Overfunctioning Prevents Me From Focusing On My Own Life Direction
4. Overfunctioning Erodes My Spiritual Life
5. Overfunctioning Destroys Community
Read the post HERE.
The unintentional role that leaders play in problems is elusive.
Here are ways that the Transformational Leader creates balance and prevents overfunctioning:
- Define what to delegate: Trying to do it all is the first trap for leaders. We know how it’s supposed to work, therefore, we attempt to model by doing it rather that teaching others how to do whatever “it” is. Define your major skills and your gaps and find the most competent person to fill the gap. Define the end result clearly and then create a process to coach that person into higher functioning.
- Learn to delegate: It’s easy to say, “delegate more,” however, learning how delegation works is a challenge for many leaders. Define the end result, allow the other person to define the steps with your approval, and create touch points on a regular basis to make corrections and to mentor – this is not micromanaging!
- Do not micromanage: Micromanagement is a form of overfunctioning. Don’t do it.
- Work on self: Learn to manage anxiety and learn to listen, observe, and ask good questions. Leaders who don’t know how to manage self fall into the habit of overfunctioning by over talking, over managing, and exerting too much pressure where it’s not warranted.
Autocratic leadership is a form of overfunctioning. Please give me your comments below.
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