Bad Boss Behaviors™ Cause #1: Lack of Education
Many job descriptions in business require a college degree. Later, when that same employee is promoted to a leadership role, the investment in their development seems to vanish. Suddenly, we expect people to navigate uncharted waters with little to no training. It’s like we expect new bosses to acquire leadership skills through osmosis.
The Expectation Gap
The college degree requirement establishes that a candidate is well-educated in their field, with a deep understanding of their responsibilities. However, the moment that same person transitions from an individual contributor to a leader, it’s like we cease to have expectations in their abilities. We expect promoted individuals to be experts in entirely different skills, with no need for further development or education. Would you expect an apple tree to bear fruit without nutrients and sunlight? Yet this seems our basic approach when selecting new bosses.
Why the Gap?
Why do companies skimp on leadership education and development?
Let’s put this education gap into perspective. If we compare the time and effort invested in a bachelor’s degree to the typical investment in leadership development for new bosses, it’s like comparing a gourmet meal to a crumpled, half-eaten sandwich.
Recipe for Greater Success
So, what’s the solution to this first cause of bad boss behaviors?
Stop expecting new people leaders absorb the skillset through osmosis. Leadership is a skill that requires time, effort, and dedication. If we invest in our leaders like we invest in individual contributors, we’ll create a workforce that’s not only well-educated but also well-prepared to steer our organizations toward success.
Next week, we tackle Bad Boss Behaviors™ Cause #2: Overcomplication of Leadership Principles. Until then, keep serving!
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