Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Competitiveness - Is It In You?
Are they afraid to compete with you so they keep you locked down on projects that take little effort and provide even less challenge? What happens to make a leader lose their competitiveness?
Leaders can get caught in the trap of competing with their team because the have a fear that the team can out-do them, even surpass them or get promoted around them. Unfortunately, this type of competitiveness will not drive the organization forward...it could cause good people to leave. There needs to be a balance between challenge and effort; competition for the sake of development.
Leaders can also lose their competitive edge in the market, become complacent and forget that to stay competitive, they need to stay visible, keep learning, keep listening and keep innovating.
What to do? Show the leader that you are all one team...competition is healthy and helps development of everyone. Especially in the market - devise a strategy that can help keep everyone in touch with the competition and the changing environment in your business. Everyone will benefit, including your customers.