Have you ever noticed that
once someone reaches a certain point on the organizational chart they develop a

I’m not talking about
professionals that chose to support someone they believe possesses the aptitude
and skills to be a fine leader. I’m
talking about groupies.

“Groupie” careers revolve
around their leader’s actions and moods.  

Groupies become attuned to
the leader’s signals and use valuable business effort decoding his or her
intentions and sharing that analysis with others.

If there are groupies on
the leadership team, they can be dangerous filters that prevent you, as the
leader, from hearing objective views of what’s happening in your organization.   

They can also foster an “in”
versus “out” class system – a lot like high school!

Does this sound familiar?  

Are you doing anything to
encourage or reward groupie behavior?