In some of my past articles I’ve talked about First-time Managers and First-time Manager Syndrome experienced by Senior people thrust into a leadership role for the first time - or a role Senior to their current role in a new organization. I am seeing first-time manager syndrome more often these days. In my work I’m seeing that the biggest transition is sometimes the most senior person’s transition into their role.
Would it surprise you to know that 70% of leaders rate themselves as inspiring and motivating? You know how this goes, right. On the other side of that coin, 82% of employees see their leaders as fundamentally uninspiring (Gallup). 65% of employees would forego a pay raise if it meant seeing their leader fired (Forbes). When people who are a responsible for others in an organization confuse managing for leading, you get these kinds of results.