Do team leaders get to act differently just because they're team leaders? Nope. One of the things you should remember is that your team will pay more attention to what you do than what you say.
Remember when you were growing up and your Mom said, "Do as I say, not as I do." That is a death trap for a team leader. If you manage your team using the "as I say" approach, you will soon find yourself with a dysfunctional team that's low in motivation and morale. Requiring employees to behave differently than what you demonstrate is like asking them to row upstream without a paddle. It just won’t work.
These type of behaviors undermine the success of the organization and often go all the way to the top. Leading with ulterior motives in mind will backfire sooner or later. Creating silos and unhealthy competition within or among teams will eventually break a company down -- no matter how good the people are.
Always remember that no matter what you are doing, someone is watching. Ask yourself how you would feel if you observed your behavior in your company's leadership team. And never lose sight of the fact that if there is no company, there is no team. Your goal is to help your company be successful.
Does your organization promote do as I say or do as I do? The next time you hear someone say, "They don’t work as a team," or "I don’t understand why they don’t communicate with each other," examine the leadership team’s behavior first.
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