Quiz: What Kind of Leader Were You in 2023?
Our Company Culture 911 series starts today and continues in January
Lacey Leone McLaughlin is president of LLM Consulting Group, Inc. Coaching leaders across all industries, she specializes in teaching leadership and management skills to creative talent within entertainment, and has worked across studios and production companies. Our Company Culture 911 series about new challenges in the entertainment workforce will continue in January for paid subscribers.
Let’s start with a few hard questions to ask yourself:
Do your employees learn about company layoffs first from the press?
Do they know what your company goals are at all times?
Will people stay at your company in the next boom?
If there were an election, would your employees vote to keep you in office?
Now, I know a lot of the people who run and work in this industry read this newsletter. And to be clear: leadership applies not just to those at the very top, but anyone who works with direct reports or someone on whom others depend for their livelihood. And there has never been a harder year to be a leader: Economic headwinds, changing business models and the strikes created a perfect storm.
I’ve heard continuously, repeatedly, company morale was bad this year. Really bad.
But I’ve always found that great leaders are born during these times. And today I want to identify some common leadership behaviors and how to course-correct if you see yourself in one.
The Doomsday Prepper
What They Do: Preppers store 100 cans of spaghetti sauce and thousands of Diet Coke cans. In the C-suite, Preppers reflexively make hard-cutting changes, expecting things to go bad quickly.
This year, some leaders braced for the worst and reacted.