Why Good Managers Can Be Poor Leaders?
First of all we need to identify the features of good managers. I’ll just go for
short. Good managers are good planner, listener, good teachers, self confident,
flexible and patience. On the other side, there are five problems that exist in the
1. They replicate the poor leadership skills of others.
2. They lack basic skills for leadership.
3. They lack good mentors.
4. They lack formal leadership training.
5. They are unable to distinguish between secular and biblical leadership
If I pack the whole matter in a box, I came to know that there are managers
who are good enough in managing their work but the problem with them is just
to lead the team. They can do anything very well without any support of human
capital and human resource but after all there comes a time when you need to
lead the team. There they fail. Most important think about the good leadership is
that a good manager must know the human psychology and he must know the
ways to lead them after motivating them.
I want to discuss some problems that good managers have and that makes them
to go for bad decision and poor leadership.
What are the main causes that leaders make terrible decisions?
The very first reason is that
Leaders have a tendency to rely
on past practices that seems
constructive, but is actually
sometimes risky. One of the most
well known examples is Dick Fuld
at Lehman. He saved Lehman in
the aftermath of the LTCM crisis
in the late '90s. Fast forward 10 years or so and he also, I believe, thought he
would do it again. But the experience he was relying on was not the same as this
massive housing-driven collapse. It's much more complex, much more
complicated. We always talk about how important experience is. I think we
overstate experience, because it doesn't exactly fit the situation you're in. You're
liable to rely on it in a way that's just not going to be that helpful.
The second reason is self interest that could be very dangerous. There are
many examples when there is a good manager, he or she work for the self
interest and that is the easiest job for them to deceive the organization and
employees. Because people trust they and these kinds of managers cash their
interest for their self interest. Most people don't realize self-interest operates at a
subconscious level. They are not even aware of how self-interested they are.
The third reason is what we call prejudgments. Leaders make prejudgments
about their businesses that sometimes turn out to be wrong. Why does a smart
experienced leader make a mistake like that? I think it's this vulnerability to
prejudgment -- deciding something is the way it is early on and sticking to it no
matter what. It is not always successful that what you think is right. People
sometimes call it predictions. But predictions are again not right all the time. If
your prediction is wrong, it could cause the heavy loss for the organization.
The fourth reason is over confident. If the good manager is over confidant, the
probability of bad leadership is more. Because they do the things without
estimating them. There comes again the part of past experiences but the thing is
that life gives the new challenges everyday and you need to do something about
the problem other than your past practices.