Managing a team isn’t easy. It
requires different skills to succeed as a leader. If there are issues on top,
it could affect everyone else. Therefore, you need to pay attention not only on
the performances of regular employees, but of people assigned to lead the
teams. At some point, you have to consider changes
in leadership. If you think the people sitting atop can no longer do the
job well, reshuffling is necessary. These are the signs that you should head in
You placed excellent people in the
It’s possible that the person you
asked to lead the team isn’t necessarily a terrible leader. It’s just that the
person has other skills and capabilities. You can consider moving that leader
to another department where such leadership skills will be evident. You can’t
force someone to excel in something that doesn’t fit perfectly.
The team members are miserable
If you already hear several
complaints from the team members, it might be time removing the leader from
that post. When the person on top couldn’t handle everyone well, it will
adversely impact productivity. Don’t wait until the employees gradually quit
and you have no one left in your team. Replacing the person on top is easier
than replacing all employees and training the new hires.
There are accusations of abuse
You can’t keep people on their post
if there are already allegations of abuse. Whether it’s sexual, physical, or abuse
of power, you have to remove that person from the post right away. You can
conduct an investigation, but while that’s happening, you need to take that
person out. You can’t expect the employees to feel comfortable working with
someone who has allegedly done something terrible.
The team has consistently underperformed
You shouldn’t immediately take
someone out of a post because the team didn’t fare well. It’s quite unfair.
However, if the issues are consistent, you need to do something about it. You
need to rethink the leadership assignments and hope that the changes will
elevate the performance of the company.
Before you decide to reshuffle your
leadership team, you should remember the following:
* Never use your personal biases in
determining who should lead a team. Consider the opinion of other members
before you decide.
* Don’t use your position to prompt
unqualified people you know or any family member. If a family member deserves
to move up the ladder, it’s okay. However, that person has to go through the
hoops just like everyone else. You will make your employees feel discouraged if
the movement in the corporate ladder depends on biases instead of
* Have faith in the people you place
in leadership posts. Give them a chance and don’t
judge them right away. You know how difficult it is to handle a team, so
you should be considerate. Take your time before reshuffling leadership posts
before doing it, unless it’s necessary.
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