How To Deal With “Revolving Door Leadership Syndrome”
Does your company suffer from "revolving door leadership syndrome"?
In a recent interview between Hollywood actors Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dwayne talked about his frustrations with changing leadership during the filming of Black Adam. Despite being a film that was 15 years in the making, it suffered from a series of leadership issues, ultimately leading to its less-than-ideal release.
This is something I’ve experienced personally, with multiple employers and clients in the past. Leadership is so crucial to progress and culture, yet it is often undervalued, even when a company has millions or billions to spend. Part of the problem is that, despite all our technological advances, humans have still not been able to choose leaders wisely.
When companies change leadership frequently, it often signals deeper issues:
- Uncertainty in strategy
- Poor morale
- Inability to execute
- Spending too much money (and not spending it wisely)
Most organizations fail because they don't give a leader enough time to create change, or they give too much time to poor leaders. If they hire someone new, they give them unrealistic goals and expect instant results. Then, if results aren't achieved as quickly as expected, they fire them and start the cycle all over again.
Or worse yet, they let good leaders go without doing everything in their power to keep them. If they let go of the wrong person, morale plunges and productivity sinks.
The result: the company struggles to win new clients, having a negative reputation, and a decrease in employee retention.
Real growth takes time and needs stable leadership.
So, what can you do?
- Hire the right person from the beginning
- Give them the time they need
- Provide the resources they need to be successful
Remember, leaders are not magicians. If you want growth, give them support and stability.