How managing by perception affect leadership

Often managers move into a leadership role by sheer luck without the opportunity to develop real leadership skills. For the individual it is a good fortune but not so much for the team they must lead.

Stepping into the leadership role soon turns into an awakening for the individual as real-life situations present itself. This is where the leader starts to fall apart as his management style will almost certainly be based on perception and personal emotion.

Leadership requires logical thinking with practical solutions.

How to recognize a Perceptional Leader

That is the reason why organizations put in place policies and procedures as guidelines. To guide the new leader ànd ensure conformity in decision-making processes. Unfortunately, leaders who did not acquire the right skills on their way up often ignore these rules and makes up their own as they go.

This is where perception becomes a way out for the inexperienced manager. This management style can be identified when you observe the following:
  • Refusal to take advise from team members being a know all
  • Autocratic behavior believing no one else has a right to an opinion
  • Snap decision making without knowing all the facts
  • Overreact in order to drive an initiative
  • Fear of missing out bordering on an inferior complex
  • Knows little but possess the gift of the gab
  • Reacts to rumor without verifying facts
  • Never apologize for mistakes
  • Responds to gossip and grapevine instantly

What are the results of Perceptional Leadership?

Recognisable features of an organization run by leaders who manage by perception are:
  • Disengaged employees
  • High labor turnover
  • Lack of trust for leadership
  • Failing processes
  • Uncertainty about expectations from employees

Leadership with good qualities

History has shown that great leaders are those who surround themselves with people that can provide them with the information they need to lead effectively. Great leaders are also people who have the ability to listen attentively, analyze information correctly and knows how to apply this information in their decision-making process.

This type of leader has the following characteristics:
  • Listens to staff when they communicate
  • Gather more information when in doubt
  • Knowledgeable in organizational processes
  • Has great decision-making skills
  • Leaves emotion out of the decision making
  • Keep employees engaged by having set goals in place
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