It can occur when a leader plateaus in his or her current role due to a significant flaw or weakness. That weakness gets in the way of their progress and leads to their downfall. A leadership derailer is more than just a minor weakness. You have a number of weaknesses that you may never need to master or improve, but a derailer requires immediate attention if you want to realize your full potential. With early detection, your own derailment risk can be addressed so that your career stays on track. As a leadership coach, I have worked with hundreds of clients from a wide variety of organizations.
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I have written about key talent measurements that are missing in the talent review process in the past. In my white paper, Unlocking the DNA of Potential, I discussed the types of measurements that are needed to quantify an estimate of advancement potential.
In this blog, I would like to introduce a different type of consideration that also has value in a talent review process for high potential individuals; the concept of leadership or career derailers. A derailer is a weakness that if not addressed or improved will likely prevent a high potential individual from achieving their true potential.
A number of authors have written about the concept of career derailers. This organization conducted research and examined the factors that led to leaders failing and published a list of derailers. Other research as well as practitioner observations have added to this list. I have attempted to put together a non-exhaustive list of some of the more common leadership derailers and have organized them into three categories:.
In a high potential talent review, it takes very little time or effort to discuss whether the individual displays any derailer tendencies. The practice of identifying and devloping High Potential talent is crucial to any organizations' success. It's important for future leaders to identify these derailers early on in order to overcome them.
Sometimes, just having feedback on leadership can help one identify faults, which is why a talent review process can be so important. Keep up the great entries! HR Innovation. By phauenst. Forgot Password? Don't have an account? Sign up. Tuesday June 21, I have attempted to put together a non-exhaustive list of some of the more common leadership derailers and have organized them into three categories: Derailing Behaviors 1.
Shares confidential information 2. Fails to listen or be open to others 5. Plays favorites 6. Intimidates or bullies 7. Loses composure under stress 8. Micro-manages 9. Fails to staff effectively Derailing Characteristics 1. Overly critical or argumentative 2. Overly needy of approval 3. Arrogant or self-promoting 4. Overly reckless or impulsive 5.
Risk averse 6. Low tolerance for ambiguity Derailing Deficiencies 1. Lacks initiative 3. Lacks focus or priorities 4.
Lacks self-awareness 5. Lacks awareness of others In a high potential talent review, it takes very little time or effort to discuss whether the individual displays any derailer tendencies. Some name 1. HR Sign In Page.
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15 Devastating Leadership Derailers (and How to Avoid Them)
Two decades ago the psychologists Robert and Joyce Hogan created an inventory of 11 qualities, ranging from excitable to dutiful, that when taken to the extreme, resemble the most common personality disorders. For example, being excitable may help you display passion and enthusiasm to coworkers and subordinates, but it can also make you volatile and unpredictable. Having a deeply skeptical, cynical outlook makes it hard to build trust. And diligence, in excess, can morph into procrastination and obsessive perfectionism.
A Deeper Look at Leadership Derailers in the Talent Review Process
Without a derailers section, you are probably missing important pieces of your degree feedback puzzle. Here are some common examples that show how derailers provide some important insight into feedback results:. Download: Sample degree Feedback Survey. Derailers guide us to specific areas where we can take action. Combined with the open-ended comments and the results from the leadership competency section, participants can clearly see themes develop in their feedback. A leadership derailer is a behavior that gets in the way of our progress.
Could Your Personality Derail Your Career?
They studied leaders who made it to at least the G. A derailer is not just a weakness. We all have many weaknesses that we may never choose to improve or need to master. A derailer is a weakness that requires improvement if we are to realize our potential. Why Do Leaders Fail?
What is a Leadership Derailer?
There are a number of common traps that leaders can fall into. So there you have our top six leadership derailers and what leaders can do to avoid them. Skip to content. Access respondent area.