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Employees need to be included in all decisions, because many employees resist change.

Response to Stephen Z.
Stephen has written a great post. What I think is missing is that for a situational leader or any other type of leader to be effective the leader must build mutual accountability. Dr. Fischer (2010) mentions that employees need to be accountable to a leader, but the leader also needs to be accountable to the employees. If a leader makes this a one way street where only the employees are accountable to the leader than the employees will do the bare minimum for the leader, they will also resent the leader, they will see the inconsistencies, they will see where the decision making is flawed (Fischer, 2010). Furthermore, leaders and employees are sometimes not on the same level. Leaders usually just see the big picture, while the employees mostly see the details (Fischer, 2010). Employees also need to see the big picture; it’s not just about the employee’s job or department but also what is good for the company (Fischer, 2010). Employees also need to be included in all decisions, especially because many employees do not like change. When a leader makes a decision, the leader will need the people that are affected by the decision as part of the process (Fischer, 2010). A leader needs to listen before making a decision so that details are not overlooked (Fischer, 2010). Mutual accountability is based on humility and about realizing that a leader does not see it all (Fischer, 2010).


Fischer, K. (2010). Leadership Gap [Video file].