Today’s advice comes from John C. Maxwell — author of “The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to maximise Your Potential
— via his article at Success:“Whenever people use their position to lead others for a long time and fail to develop genuine influence, they become branded as positional leaders, and they rarely get further opportunities for advancement in that organisation.”
Maxwell, who has written over 50 books focusing on leadership, says that positional leaders are a breed of people that use their positions to exert authority. This “because I said so” approach to leading a group is unhealthy for the employee-boss relationship and gets neither party anywhere in the long run. According to Maxwell, the foundation of an agreeable relationship lies in the authority’s leadership tactics.
“If you have been a positional leader, you can change. However, you need to recognise that the longer you have relied on your position, the more difficult it will be for you to change others’ perception about your leadership style.”
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