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AUDIO: 6 Speed Bumps in Your Benevolent Dictatorship

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Iused to remind my people that THIS is not a democracy. We’re not taking a vote. When it’s time to make a decision, I’ll make it.

After all, I’m the one who has to deal with the consequences, right? I’m the one who will lose money if I’m wrong. Everyone else can just shrug their shoulders but I have to pay the piper.

Carrying the Burdens

I preferred to think of my leadership as a benevolent dictatorship. Even when things were tough, I worked to insulate people from those difficulties. I didn’t want them to feel the stress or worry about their jobs.

I carried the load. I was the most qualified, in my estimation. It was my company and my talent or skills that were ultimately the lever of our success or failure. Or, so I thought.

If you want to promote weakness, take away the stress that leads to growth. If you want to remove urgency, creativity and fierce determination, remove the belief that what they do really matters in the scope of things.

You Are Preventing Momentum

There are 6 massive speed bumps in your benevolent dictatorship that will prevent momentum in your leadership.

#1. Lack of awareness. When you’re a dictator, you keep information closely guarded. Lack of visibility means a scattered fighting force. Without vision, there is no momentum.

#2. Lack of participation. One is too small a number. When others don’t have a vested interest in the solution, you have no support and no team. Disengaged teams don’t bring momentum.

#3. Lack of resources. True resources are found in unity and shared purpose. You have no idea what resources are available until team resources are deployed.

#4. Lack of Urgency. Without urgency, there is no mission. Urgency focused on even the smallest increment results in powerful momentum when it’s done in unison.

#5. Lack of creativity. Creativity only shows up when it’s in demand. If the only voice of creativity is your own, your dictatorship style leadership will never have momentum.

#6. Lack of Passion. Passion is the greatest weapon of all. The subjects of a benevolent dictator strive to appease or appeal to the vanity of the leader. They desire to be fed, not to feed. They desire to take, not to give. The power of passion is in the hunger only satisfied by a force willing to achieve their own Breakthrough and the momentum of success that accompanies it.

Leadership can’t always be a democracy but it cannot be a benevolent dictatorship. Transforming your team into the ultimate fighting force turns peasants into knights. Isolated individuals become powerful super-computers of problem solving proportion.

Momentum comes when the speed bumps to Breakthrough are removed. You can move from Break Down to Breakthrough.

Add your comments to the conversation: Has your leadership been stunting the growth of your team members? How can you create room in your leadership to allow others to step up to the plate? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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