The Lazy Leader’s Guide To Being A Trusted Team Leader

I am a lazy man. Laziness keeps me from believing that enlightenment demands effort, discipline, strict diet, non-smoking, and other evidences of virtue. If you are a kind person and want to know what to expect when enlightenment strikes and why it comes to you, with or without psychedelic help, this is for you. Thaddeus Golas – The Lazy Man’s Guide To Enlightenment

There are rules to the game of leading teams.

Rigidity is not one of them, being resiliently flexible is.

The next rule is to adapt.  Use simple but powerful behaviors that will cause your team to respect, value and trust you as their leader.

Why bother to aspire to be a lazy leader? After you’ve mastered the habits of a lazy leader, you won’t have to cajole, lecture, push or prod your teams.

You won’t have to grit your teeth anticipating team meetings or shake your head and then take over when you see failure looming. Your team will stop disappointing you.

So, “yes” is the answer to the question, “Can I learn how to be an effective lazy leader?”

The Lazy Leader is a Risk Taker

The first risk is with yourself: Are you willing to risk letting go of control so your team can use their experience and talents? It sounds counter-intuitive. However, when you do let go, you actually allow your team to use their own experience and talent. The art of letting go of control means expressing your confidence in their abilities.

Second, you must be willing to take risks by asking people to do things even if you doubt they will come through. Because if you operate on the belief that they won’t come through and deliver, you will be right. Change your expectation first and you may very well be surprised. Your mindset will convey your confidence or your doubt. Pick confidence in your team and they will, in turn, find confidence in themselves.

These are the basic rules of the lazy leader that Vivo Team has proven time and again gain leaders influence and power.

  1. Communicate the vision for the project regularly.
  2. Be accountable yourself. Hold others to account.
  3. Introduce structures to make your meeting productive.
  4. Use your emotional and behavioral intelligence to activate people’s talents.
  5. Use feedback, plus feedforward, plus follow-up to leverage performance.
  6. Reinforce cohesion by funneling individual’s strengths into achieving the team goals

These rules will work for any leadership style and support you even when people are freaking out or not engaged, and even when you aren’t sure what your next step should be to gain traction.

These rules work even when you don’t believe they will.

So the choice is yours, work harder, and longer chasing people or be lazy.

So how can you tell if you’re already on the road to being a better leader? There are two ways that you can find out right now how well you apply these rules making you an effective, lazy leader: by observation and through a diagnostic



What does your team say about you when you’re not in the room. One way to know without asking outright is to observe the attitude and energy they use to execute what you ask them to do.

To evaluate what you observe, think about the following statements. Team members led by lazy leaders can easily agree with these statements

  •      I know my leader
  •      I value his/her contributions
  •      I like her/him
  •      I respect him/her
  •      I am willing to take risks with her/him
  •      I trust that she/he has my best interests in mind


Yet we all know that observation can be biased. You could ask colleagues. But that information can be subjective.

Why do you want to know? So you can evaluate how lazy you could become!

How do you get the answers reliably? You can give your team our diagnostic and then you don’t have to wonder and assume.

Take the Diagnostic

Vivo Team has invested 20 years research in deeply analyzing what makes teams and leaders click in a way that makes productivity and momentum effortless. Our diagnostic provides analytics on people and their effect on the bottom line so you too can become lazier.

This complementary quiz reveals your team’s strengths and weaknesses, should you want a quick peek into how well your team is functioning under your leadership. Do the Demo Diagnostic.

Follow the prompts – takes about 3 minutes to complete.

Within 30 seconds you will receive your results directly into your email. Then read the next section so you too can become a lazy yet powerful leader.

Ok, Why Lazy?

In our world, “hard-working, and faster” is the ethic that is supposed to achieve great results.

Unfortunately, according to Stanford School of Medicine psychologist Jeffrey Pfeffer, we’re literally killing ourselves – and others – with this ethic and not enjoying the fruits of our expectations or labor.

Lazy leadership means making team development a system and process, so your team members’ talents are activated, their genius within blossoms. These rules and your new “let go of control” mindset allow your team to become self-directed.  Then you can be lazy.

Here is a Path to Becoming an Enlightened, Lazy Leader

What Happens Without Lazy Leadership

  •   A team will only become as productive as the leader is effective.
  •   A team will only become as productive as the degree to which team members have the required competencies to be able to contribute to the tasks, the motivation to engage and the skills to collaborate.


Contrast this state of affairs with…

An effective lazy leader is a “social architect” who:

  • Understands and facilitates the interaction of behavioral variables.
  • Can foster a climate of active participation.
  • Can help the team navigate dysfunctional and constructive conflicts.
  • Has the disciplined vision to lead the team through The Six Stages of Team Development.

If you would like to experience what it’s like to practice lazy leadership, give us a call (778-734-0444) or send us an email ( We can go over your diagnostic results and show you how you can reduce your leadership stress. 

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