One of the key ingredients to being a successful leader in the 21st century is collaboration. In fact, developing collaborative leaders is a core part of SGR’s mission. Perhaps that’s why it seems to stand out so much when I see a person’s approach to leadership centered around “us against them.”
This kind of attitude can be about “young vs. old,” “conservative vs. liberal,” “management vs. council,” “supervisors vs. employees,” and so on. It doesn’t matter what the teams are, the common denominator is an “us versus them” mentality.
Some leaders do this thinking that they are “challenging the process.” It’s a real temptation because it can elicit immediate response, and it can elicit strong emotions. Together, these things make a leader think that momentum is building. However, wise leaders recognize that momentum is not always synonymous with progress.
The problem with “us against them” leadership is that it…
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