Absence of Effective Leadership
Many senior sage leaders find that ineffective leadership is the greatest roadblock they encounter in their favored organizations. Sometimes this has to do with leadership styles:
Well, the major roadblock for me has been the leadership styles of the executive director and the board president. The president has been permissive and passive. We talk and decide about things, and he simply throws it to the winds and expects it to be done. He won’t follow-up and call on people for progress reports, so things fall through the cracks and three months later things still haven’t been done. There is no accountability, because if you’re going to give someone a job, you better check-up on it. With the executive director, the roadblock is that she thinks she is in charge of everything, has to do everything, and reports to no one except herself.
Frequent turn-over of leadership is also troubling:
The biggest roadblock has been leadership change. One of our founders who had served as executive director for 14 years decided to leave. This was traumatic for the organization. His replacement did not work out well, and we experienced the same with the next ED. This was a real struggle during the transition because we did not have an ED for a six-month period. So as board president I conducted staff meetings myself.
And there is always the challenge of getting enough volunteers and not burning-out existing ones:
Getting enough volunteers to take on leadership roles in organizations has been a major roadblock. The same people volunteer or get goaded into taking on multiple positions because others don’t have the skills. Or feel they won’t be successful in the roles, or simply don’t want to commit that much time.Download Article 1K Club