Leadership by Amputation
November 4, 2010 3 Comments
In this week’s #LeadershipChat on Twitter (theme for the week: Courage in Business), the idea popped up about how courageous leadership sometimes involves letting go an underperformer – for the sake of the morale of the team.
Exit: Randy Moss, from the Minnesota Vikings.
The bottom line is, a leader has to constantly weigh the cost/benefit ratio of someone who has talent, but who either:
- doesn’t perform up to it,
- is in a mismatched role,
- puts on a prima donna act,
- refuses to follow the rules,
- …or some combination thereof.
Randy Moss is not the first full-of-myself athlete to be cut from a team, and he won’t be the last. The Vikings took a risk signing him, but they did the right thing by getting rid of him quickly. A good lesson for all business leaders who know in their gut that they have someone on-board who is a net negative.
Amputate, before the infection spreads.