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How do you deal with a team leader who has no leadership skills?
Demote him or her to a follower. Having a team leader who can’t lead is dangerous, I have firsthand experience. Demote that person, or you have to let that person go if they don’t want to get demoted. And that’s because a person who can’t lead and is in a leadership position will cap the entire team. They will slow down the entire team.
Your team will not be able to grow above that leader. Because if the leader is leading at the level of a five or six, and you have followers under that person who is an eight or nine, It will no longer improve, because this person will just be on top of that follower and that follower will feel trapped. And then will leave. That would be a great loss because he or she was an eight or nine, but the one you made stay was just a five or six.
Do the hard decision and either remove that person from the leadership position because he or she has no leadership skills. Again, I’m just using your wording here. No leadership skills. So just remove that person from the leadership position, or if they’re contrary to that. They don’t like being removed, then you have to let them go. You have to part ways. Otherwise, you’re chopping off the legs of that entire team that the person is leading, and that might be a critical part of your organization. You’re kind of waylaying yourself there, which doesn’t make sense.