Leadership Drift – How to Recognize It And What to Do About It

Leadership Drift

Are you on track with where you want to go? You might have heard about team drift, but what about you as a leader? Is it possible you’ve drifted without realizing it?

Why Leadership Drift Occurs

A huge external shift

Sometimes we are thrown off track because of a sudden change in our world such as an earthquake, hurricane or an illness.

Anthony had just started his own business when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Realizing he needed to be able to devote more attention to take care of his wife and children during this period, he put his new business on hold and returned to his previous corporate job. Years later, long after his wife had regained full health, he was still . . . → Read More: Leadership Drift – How to Recognize It And What You Can Do About It

Death by Team Drift: The Slow Demise of a High Performing Team

The president of the company created a multi-disciplinary task force to research what would be required of leaders in the company to be successful in the next decade. We were all pleased to be selected to be on the team. We thought it was a worthwhile project, liked and respected each other, and looked forward to the opportunity to work together.

We completed our charge within a few months, producing a comprehensive analysis that was distributed throughout the company and widely acclaimed.

One of our recommendations was to create an instrument to measure these qualities in our current leaders and for use as a benchmark for future development. Our team decided to stay together for this additional piece of work as we were invested in . . . → Read More: Death by Team Drift: The Slow Demise of a High Performing Team