Are You Caught in the Hindrance Trap?

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Do you help bring out the best in your people or do you inadvertently hold them back from superior performance? Although it is best to consider this question by carefully reflecting on the way you approach your leadership role and how those you lead see you, the organizational dimensions of these behaviors can be gleaned more readily. In our experience, we often find that the two go together. In other words, firms that have a greater proportion of leaders adopting helping behaviors are also the ones that have tried hard to ensure that the work environment supports such an orientation. To assess the prevalence of the helping versus hindering behaviors in your organization, please answer the following questions.

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Are You Caught in the Hindrance Trap?

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The rationale behind every strategic initiative is clearly communicated and understood.
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Employees are fully aware of the specific roles they are expected to play in implementing each strategic initiative.
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Questions about the initiatives are widely encouraged and addressed both before and during implementation.
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The relative priority of each initiative is well known and well understood by those who are responsible for their implementation.
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The key resources needed for the successful implementation of each strategic initiative are carefully considered prior to implementation.
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Employees do not feel overextended as a result of strategic initiatives.
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Employees feel encouraged to question policies that no longer, or never did, add value.
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Periodic policy audits are carried out to proactively cull those policies that have outlived their utility.
 

Are You Caught in the Hindrance Trap?

Results:

You answered Disagree or Not Sure for three or more of the items. Your organization’s potential could be constrained by its leaders and managers.

Your perceptions should be validated by a more comprehensive organization-wide assessment, followed, as needed, by corrective actions, including focused leadership development, a careful review of existing policies and procedures, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and the other tactics outlined in this article.

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Are You Caught in the Hindrance Trap?

Results:

You answered Disagree or Not Sure for two or fewer of the items. You and your organization appear to be doing a good job of avoiding the hindrance trap.

Your perceptions should be validated by a more comprehensive organization-wide assessment. To keep on this good path, focus on leadership development, carefully reviewing existing policies and procedures, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and engaging in the other tactics outlined in this article.

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