The Dutiful Employee is the person who always waits to be told what to do and refuses to think for himself or herself.
At first this employee is highly valued because the boss will give him or her a variety of important projects and tasks to accomplish and this person will come through every time. The problem occurs when the boss realizes that this person always waits to be told what to do. He or she never steps forward with an idea on how to improve the business or how to do something in a better way. At this point the boss realizes that he or she has to always think for The Dutiful Employee and sees that this person can never be given leadership responsibilities in the organization.
Two Questions to Avoid the Dutiful Employee Disastrous Leadership Approach
1. When are you pausing to wait to be told what to do rather than identifying what you can do to improve results?
2. Is it a healthy pause that allows time for others to clarify the direction you should be moving in, or is it an unhealthy pause that is slowing down progress in your organization?