A great business comes through great leadership. However, the type of leadership that is delivered in a business is an incredibly flexible thing — many bosses have micromanaged their way to the top.

Other leaders have opted for the laxer approach and kept their distance from the workings of the office environment.

Some of the best companies in the world have had lazy leadership, however these are few and far between, especially in small business.

A lazy leader can run a business into the ground if they are not attentive to the daily happenings of their operations.

See how leading lazily could be seriously hurting your work environment.

Irrational, Snap Decision Making

There tends to be a large disconnect between a lazy leader and their team. As a result, many lazy leaders make snap decisions as they do not take time to consider all of the possible outcomes. This hasty decision can often end up with a quick solution, but it also not intended for longevity.

This short-sighted approach can also seriously harm morale in the business, as well as your bank account, depending on the type of decision that was made in the end.



A good boss will delegate a lot of tasks effectively. This works because they know their team and the strengths and weaknesses that are inherent to each individual.

A lazy leader, however, will rarely oversee the task that is being delegated, and there is usually very little direction given.

These two problems are a sure-fire way of hand-balling tasks to staff who are unaware of how to approach the responsibility they’ve been given.


The Lazy Culture

The boss is the trendsetter in most businesses. If you are the type of boss that tries to get the problem fixed as fast as possible, then your staff will be the same.

Remember – lead by example as leadership creates an ethos around it that team members will follow.

If you want a lazy team, be lazy. If you want a productive and successful team, then be a productive and successful leader.


Finding the Balance

If you’re a small-to-medium business, a lazy one will see little success. A business owner does not over-delegate their work, nor will they make a decision in haste.

It is vital that, as a leader, you exude an air of professionalism, grit and determination that will rub off on your employees. If not, you run the risk of a mutiny through poor leadership.

Rob Kropp

Founder - Pravar Group

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