Most corporate cultures place a high value on accomplishment and productivity, which explains why so many compulsive, driven leaders rise to executive positions. The business landscape is filled with leaders who, while bent on achieving success, present difficulties for the people who work for them.
While compulsive leaders can claim credit for myriad workplace advancements, their obsession with tasks and goals contributes to employee dissatisfaction and disengagement. If you report to a compulsive leader, you likely experience mixed feelings over completing great work vs. bearing the pain that comes with it.
Leaders with compulsive tendencies focus on tasks, checklists and goals to produce the fastest and best results, win battles, maximize success and gain favor. Their insistence on hard work and achievement overshadows people’s needs, suggests Beatrice Chestnut, PhD, in The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace (Post Hill Press, 2017).
These negatives can clearly put an organization in a poor position for long-term success. Working through these issues and reframing their mindset can help compulsive leaders recognize trouble spots and potential remedies.
This article explores the unique challenges of compulsive leaders and offers introspective questions for healthier and more productive behavior.
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- Are you compulsively driven?
- The pros and cons of compulsiveness
- The signs of a compulsive leader
- The compulsive mindset
- Blind spots
- Counsel for compulsive leaders
- Working for a compulsive leader
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