Have you ever experienced the frustration of trying to get things done with a leader who avoids making decisions and getting involved? Or a leader who regularly tolerates poor performance?
Indecisive or, as we like to call them, Avoidant Leaders are focused on productivity and the needs of the business. They are self-directed, highly functional and independent. They know what they want to achieve and do extremely well when working on their own. They can be in a senior role in an organization or are a successful entrepreneur.
Yet with all their success, the Avoidant Leader tends to abdicate authority to others and avoids making decisions.
They don’t get involved with their employees unless they have to and will work behind a closed door. They may present an attitude that says “I am so busy, don’t bother me” or meet employee requests with annoyance in their voice. They don’t realize that their failure to address underperformance issues alienates high performers while their fear of making wrong decisions impedes those who are dependent on their leadership.
So how do you survive this dysfunctional leadership style? Here are 3 helpful tips:
Don’t react to their behaviour. Strong emotional reactions will cause Avoidant Leaders to withdraw further so respond, don’t react.
Make the Cost of Avoidance clear. Step into his shoes and try to understand what he or she really cares about. That way you can show that what he wants to accomplish is at risk.
Ask for what you need. Ask for what you need and avoid harshly detailing what's wrong with them in doing so.
This post was co-written by Anne Dranitsaris, Ph. D. &