In almost every organization, there is a concept of overhead. Inc.com provides a solid overview of overhead, but simply stated it is the “costs incurred to make something else possible.” This is a great definition, and it should be applied squarely on leadership.
Overhead costs on leadership should be low, meaning little burden on others. There are certain required overhead costs to leadership:
Other enabling activities….
What kills a culture and team member spirits is a loaded overhead leader. The costs of a heavily burdened overhead leader can be very damaging. The costs to make something else happen, in bad leadership terms, are too high.
What are the characteristics of a high overhead leader?