The Disease of Poor Coordination

The fifth Disease of Leadership is:

The disease of poor coordination.

Quite simply, teams working together towards the same goal are essential to success.

Once leaders lose a sense of community among themselves, the body loses its harmonious functioning and its equilibrium; it then becomes an orchestra that produces noise: its members do not work together and lose the spirit of fellowship and teamwork. When the foot says to the arm: ‘I don’t need you,’ or the hand says to the head, ‘I’m in charge,’ they create discomfort and parochialism.

Conflict and lack of coordination can result from conflicting goals and staff working at cross-purposes, due to lack of clarity on objectives and priorities.

Leadership lies in the whole, not just the parts. A great leader creates a sense of kinship and camaraderie across the entity, and connects the dots every day. A poor leader focuses on one dimension at the cost of the other, and makes units compete rather than collaborate. The result? Noise, not melody.

Summing-up: Do you spend too little time breaking silos and building bridges? If this is the case, then you are maybe suffering from this disease of leadership.

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