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The Leadership Gap: Live Above the Line of Responsibility

Closing the Leadership Gap:


A strong staff is crucial for organizational success. Leaders who overcome complacency, fear of change, and insecurity can create a culture of high performance and unwavering participation. Leaders who actively develop their leadership skills can bridge the leadership gap and establish teams capable of greatness.


"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower," said Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Current leaders must work hard to increase their skills and knowledge to close the leadership gap. Leaders must actively seek training and educational programs to improve their skills in building and leading high-performing teams.

To close the leadership gap, present leaders must understand that they are responsible for their team's successes and failures. They must shift their focus from efforts to results. Leaders must think beyond power to assume full responsibility for their actions.


Leaders grow and excel when they improve their leadership skills and take responsibility for their team's successes. Leaders may close the leadership gap and create an environment where excellence is a shared desire and reality by committing to their personal and professional growth. Developing several leadership talents will raise your lid.


Culture of Empowerment:


To get past this fundamental shortcoming, the leaders of the organization need to place a primary emphasis on growing. They must grow their leadership skills within the context of an empowered culture. The following are some helpful strategies:


Organizational leaders must prioritize developing their leadership abilities within an empowered culture to overcome this inherent flaw. These methods can help:

As indicated in Chapter 2, leaders must assume full ownership and accountability for team formation and management. They are ready to assume responsibility for the company's success or failure. They must believe and understand that they can change and act when needed. This will give them the confidence to make tough decisions and lead, which is crucial for teambuilding. They won't advance unless they improve their leadership, thus their success and failure will remain the same.     


Leaders who assume full responsibility for their enterprises are motivated to enhance their leadership abilities and build high-performing teams. Leaders can better hold their teams accountable when they own their actions and results.  Power doesn't define leadership. What matters is giving them the tools they need to work. It requires team members to use their power to achieve a common goal. An organization becomes a powerful force for change when all employees can make decisions. Nothing can stop it!



To close the leadership gap, leaders must find their distinctive skills via self-discovery. First, honestly assess your leadership qualities in this self-reflection. Determine where you need to improve. Leaders who understand their skills and constraints learn a lot about their tools and become responsible leaders.

According to ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom."


Self-reflection is one of the finest methods leaders may discover their leadership style, values, and principles. They are encouraged to contemplate their thoughts, feelings, and motivations. This helps kids grow and comprehend themselves. Ask trusted mentors, coworkers, and teammates for feedback to improve this process. We can learn something new and see what we're missing. The DISC Assessment can also reveal your behavior and speaking style, helping you determine if you're a good leader.


Knowing their strengths and weaknesses allows leaders to grow in areas where they have the most effect. Leaders may inspire, counsel, and influence more people if they focus on the basics stated above. Leaders who finally see things clearly are frequently enthusiastic and enthused about the possibilities and opportunities ahead. Leaders who understand and use their unique skills may reduce the leadership gap, help workers reach their potential, and create a culture of growth and success in their company.


Joel Smith

Business Coach, Author and Entrepreneur

This article is a section out of the book Team Design: Building Great Teams By Attracting the Right People. Download the Free PDF version.



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