The Fundamental Challenge of Leadership

Beverly Flaxington is a practice management consultant. She answers questions from advisors facing human resource issues. To submit yours, email us here.

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Dear Bev,

I enjoyed hearing you speak this week. You had several good insights on leadership and how to improve as a leader.

When does someone tell the team they should step up? How come the focus is always on the leader and never on the team members getting on board and playing their part? And yes, I am a “high D.” I like to get stuff done and I rely on my team to do what’s needed. I am tired of hearing how it is all about my leadership and not about the team’s engagement and responsibility.


Dear M.K.

When I teach my graduate class on leading teams, I spend 70% of the time on how to be a great team member and 30% talking about how to lead. For most people, they will be on a team, not leading a team. The presentation I made this week was for the top leaders, the best of the best. I focused my comments on the audience. If it were members of a team, I’d have spent much more time talking about how to manage up and be a contributing team member!