The more I read about leadership and the more I observe leaders, I’ve come to believe the Russian proverb that “A fish rots from the head.” as true. An organisation is the shadow of the leader. An organisation and a team is only as successful as it’s leader. John Maxwell in his book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” refers to this as “The Law of the Lid“, which states that:
“Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness… Leadership ability is always the lid on personal and organisational effectiveness.”
Show me a frustrated team and I’ll show you a weak leader.
Show me an under performing organisation and I’ll show you a weak leader.
Show me an apathetic church and I’ll show you a weak leader.
Show me a losing team and I’ll show you a weak leader.
Show me a focused team and I’ll show you a great leader.
Show me a high performing organisation and I’ll show you a great leader.
Show me a passionate church and I’ll show you a great leader.
Show me a winning team and I’ll show you a great leader.
“The spirit of the organisation is created from the top” – Peter Drucker
Organisations and teams require great leadership to thrive. Leadership at the top of an organisation is of paramount importance. I’m still amazed at the lack of focus on an organisations top leadership and what truly astonishes me is the lack of urgency when it comes to removing poor performing leaders. Too often poor leaders are left to destroy customer relationships and staff morale, before any action to remove that leader is considered.
My advice is to act swiftly to remove poor performing leadership, do not delay, do not wait until low staff morale or poor performance forces your hand.