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Heads Down

Have you ever thought, “I am just going to keep my head down and stay out of the way?” Obviously, this is not an effective leadership strategy, though, I bet you know a leader that has deployed this method. Ignorance and disengagement is no excuse for poor performing results. “Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat, Latin for ‘ignorance of the law excuses not’ and ‘ignorance of law excuses no one’ respectively, is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because one was unaware of its …”

Failure to notice when your staff demands your attention is all too common with a heads down leader. Did you know that it is a myth that ostriches actually bury their heads in the sand or dirt? When startled, they flop to the ground with their head and neck flat against the ground to blend into it, because their head and neck are similar in color to the soil. Sometimes, ineffective leaders operate in the same manner when their attention is not focused on the realities facing their organizations.

Stop turning a blind eye to behaviors or potential conflicts by having your head down. Be an engaged, heads up leader who sets their sites on leading their organization to success. If you are interested in enhancing leadership capabilities with executive/leadership coaching in your organization, e-mail me at Also, place your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you in advance for your likes and sharing as it helps spread this message.