Why is it that when some companies and sports teams have a great leader and a brilliant team they still seem to under achieve?
Misaligned leaders and teams can have a very negative effect on success, as shown by the England cricket team.
I was recently talking to an executive from a business that has exceptional recruitment. They are renowned for attracting and recruiting some of the brightest minds in their field. Their leaders are highly skilled and many have graduated from the best business schools.
During our conversation it became apparent that matching great leaders to already successful teams doesn’t always lead to instant success, in fact all too often team performance dropped as a new, highly competent leader was appointed. The issue here is one of alignment. Leaders come in different flavours – visionary, strategic, entrepreneurial, consensual, pastoral, motivational, as well as those brought in to turn around a crisis, the re-engineering leader….