The I’ve-arrived Approach is used by the person who has had great success in the past as a leader and feels that his or her reputation alone will generate great results.
While this person still has the capacity to add value in the current situation, he or she will constantly think about the past glories and talk about how his or her old employees are better than the current ones. Rather than focusing on improving the current team members, this person constantly complains that these people aren’t any good compared to the stars of the past. This grates on employees until they completely stop listening to this person, and results get worse and worse.
Two Questions to Avoid The I’ve Arrived Disastrous Leadership Approach
1. How many times this week have you thought about or talked about your past employees in a way that demeaned your current employees?
2. How many times this week have you thought about or talked about your current employees in a way that strengthened them for future great performances?