Do you know the 5 leadership problems EVERY company has?

Do you know the 5 leadership problems EVERY company has?

28 June 2022
Gerrit Sarens
Gerrit Sarens
  • For two years, we are mentoring more than 100 (senior) managers in more than 45 different companies.

    It was time to sit back, reflect and bring our collective wisdom together.

    It’s striking that you see the same five problems in all these cases in some form.

  • We brought this together in a 1h keynote

    • We go further than just pinpointing these five generic leadership problems.
    • We also present the typical symptoms (you will recognize most of them, no doubt)
    • We have also figured out the impact on the business (which is often under-estimated)
    • We have identified four leading root causes (where also the basis of the solution lies)
    • We explain how you can avoid these troubles (we are sure you want to know this)
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Struggles of a manager

Managers are

  • not or inadequately trained in this role


    • lack self-confidence
    • don’t know how to go from being a colleague to being a boss
    • need to loosen up on the command & control leadership style
    • must let go of the (technical) expert status
    • cannot give or accept constructive feedback
    • feel pressure to perform as manager
    • have difficulty building relationships
    • want to be liked by everyone or want to be the ‘bad boss’
    • play the hero
  • are struggling


    • stay too involved in operations
    • have trouble prioritizing
    • cannot delegate
    • fear conflict situations
    • disconnect from the team
    • deal with flawed strategic thinking
    • do not relate to higher management
    • lack clear communication skills
    • remain not self-aware
    • avoid difficult conversations
    • miss political antennas
    • ...
  • capable of more


    • need mental preparation as successor
    • need to be able to lead big changes ahead
    • need to learn to be emotionally resilient and in control
    • need to learn to make big decisions fast without all the information
    • must become persuasive presenters
    • need to learn how to cultivate their own personal brand
    • need to learn how to lead by example
    • manage by trust, not by fear
    • need to overly develop empathy
    • ...
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