11 Dec Seven reasons why leaders experience slow growth in the career
Despite superior technical competence, leaders sometimes experience slow growth. Most of the leaders generally grow very fast up till middle to senior middle level and then post that hit the ceiling.
At this stage, they feel very suffocated, their performance dips, and the job loses its charm. One can call it a typical mid-life crisis.
There are seven most common reasons for it:
1. Lack of executive presence: Executive presence essentially means what people are talking about you when you are not in the room. One of the main reasons why the growth of the leaders slows down after reaching a certain point is a lack of a powerful executive presence. A leader with a powerful executive presence is able to build long term trust based relationships. He/she has a charismatic persona and is able to lead and influence people towards a common beneficial goal.
2. Belief system: Another reason is that sometimes they consider good relationships with seniors as buttering. It is a form of a limiting belief. Having a good relationship with senior leaders does not mean buttering. One can have a good relationship with seniors based on mutual respect and appreciation for their skills, contribution, and experience.
However, due to the limiting beliefs, these leaders fail to recognize that. This leads them to a live in a self-created isolated shell.
3. Do not network well across the organization: When the leaders do not network well across the organization and are only active within the department, their visibility and impact reduce. It comes in the way of their growth as they are hardly known beyond their department. ‘
Its very important for leaders to consciously develop networking skills and do take out time to interact with people across various departments.
4. Lack of bigger picture view: Many times, leaders get too focused on the immediate task and lack the big picture view. It makes them feel like they are performing, but since it does not tie in with the organizational vision, their efforts fail to create the impact that they desire. Due to this, in the various high stake meetings, they come across as someone who has a very micro perspective. Hence perceptions are built about them resulting in the loss of opportunities and higher roles for them.
5. Association with not so productive and positive company: There are lot of people in organizations who are infamous for engaging in corporate politics and gossiping. As the saying goes that you are the sum total of 5 people who you closely interact with, we end up getting influenced with the thinking and energy of our office friends. This not only impacts their image in front of the stakeholders but it also impacts their overall charisma and energy. They fail to come across as potentially strong leaders, and it impacts their progress.
6. Lot of activity, less action: Another reason that keeps leaders stuck after a point is when they are busy with a lot of activity but lack any concrete action. Being actionable is all about doing productive activities that lead to getting the desired results. It requires us to perform quality actions.
For example, one may be having meetings after meetings with stakeholders, but it may all be futile without any desired outcome.
7. Lack of objectivity and emotional intelligence: Low Emotional intelligence leads to frequent conflicts at work, Result is drained out energy and waste of time. It also impacts the relationship with peers and other stakeholders. When leaders lack an objective outlook and emotional intelligence, they get involved in controversies that reduce their overall impact on others.
It impacts their growth.
How executive coaching gives impetus to a leader’s growth?
At a juncture like this, when a leader feels like he/she is not getting ahead in his/her career at a pace that they would like to, executive coaching leads to a lot a clarity.
It helps them become aware of their blind spots.
They become aware of their inner genius. A coach becomes like Jambawant in the story of Ramayana, who reminded Sri Hanumanji about his ability to fly and reach Lanka to find Seetaji. In the same way, an executive coach helps the leaders get in touch with their inner genius.
The Coach helps them rediscover their greatness.
Executive coaching or leadership coaching is very common in the west. Now it is fast catching up in the Indian subcontinent as well.
It expedites the journey towards success for leaders.
How can an executive coach help the leaders?
Leaders often need a friend whom they can trust and share and discuss their challenges. An executive coach is someone who is like a non-judgmental friend and asks powerful questions, which leads to greater clarity for the leaders.
An executive coach acts as a mirror for the leaders, in which they can see their genius, and he is more like a blank canvas where they can paint the picture of their vision and can make it happen
The first step towards one’s growth story starts with a conscious decision to invest in self growth.