Episode #79: Hidden Blockers to Accountability Caused by Leaders Who Disappear 

Imagine your team is on a tight deadline, but when you reach out to your leader for crucial feedback, they’re nowhere to be found. Their office is empty, their Teams status says ‘Do Not Disturb,’ and there’s no response to emails, DMs, or Messenger. This scenario is all too familiar for many, reflecting a leadership gap where guidance and support are needed the most. In today’s episode, we talk about the challenges posed by leaders who disappear, leaving their teams to navigate obstacles without any direction.

During the podcast, we explore the impact of leaders who disappear on accountability, productivity, and team morale. We also address the issue of why some leaders withdraw during critical moments, avoiding decisions, feedback, and conflicts, leaving frustrated peers and direct reports in their wake.  

Our discussion includes strategies for identifying and addressing the issue of disappearing leaders. Understanding the reasons behind this behavior is the first step. We also consider measures to improve leadership presence and accountability, emphasizing the importance of communication and clear expectations.

Listeners will find relatable experiences and practical advice in this episode. From real-life examples of leadership absence and its effect on team performance to actionable solutions for fostering engaged and present leadership, we cover the essentials for anyone facing this challenge.

Join us as we tackle how to turn absent leaders into engaged, accountable figures who drive team success and maintain high morale. This conversation is a must-listen for anyone seeking to bridge the leadership gap and promote a culture of accountability within their teams.

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  • [00:59] Episode Introduction
  • [01:38] What Is a Disappearing Leader?
  • [06:52] Why Do Leaders Disappear?
  • [20:39] Consequences of Disappearing Leaders
  • [29:07] Episode Gem
  • [32:13] Episode Wrap Up


  • Employees subjected to bullying endure emotional turmoil, including stress, anxiety, and depression, leading to decreased job satisfaction, engagement, productivity, and increased absenteeism, as well as potential physical health issues. Bullying by leaders significantly impedes accountability.
  • Leaders might resort to bullying due to a desire for absolute control, an inability to handle opposition or criticism constructively, or as a response to their own internal pressures and stress. Such behavior can create a culture of fear where employees are more focused on avoiding negative outcomes than on contributing positively.
  • A culture of bullying can lead to high staff turnover, with skilled employees leaving to escape the toxic environment. This turnover not only disrupts workflow and continuity but also places a strain on resources due to the constant need for recruitment and training of new employees. And the reputation of the organization can suffer, making it harder to attract top talent.
  • Whether you’re a seasoned leader or a new manager, join us in this enlightening Accountability Blockers series on the Dismantling Dysfunction Podcast as we pull back the curtain on what’s really going on. Remember, if you need help dealing with dysfunctions at work or in your personal life, reach out to us.

Register below for our upcoming exclusive webinar, Why Leaders Avoid Fostering Accountability, where we delve into 4 mistakes that contribute to a lack of accountability in your organization and what you can do about it.

Link: https://www.leadingwithauthority.com/accountability





"Deciding to compensate for poor performance instead of managing it is an act of self- disempowerment."
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episode 18 quote tile 2 - "When acting from the Victim Leadership Persona, our power and sense of personal agency is taken away by seeing situations through a  lens of helplessness."

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