6 telltale signs of poor leadership

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Be it Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Bill Gates, these people are known for driving the growth of their companies through strong leadership. A good leader can take over a failing company and turn it around, while a bad leader, on the other hand, can ruin even the most successful company. Leadership is essential to the growth and success of any business, but what happens when that leadership fails? What are the symptoms? How do you know if your company is run by a failing leader? Here are six signs of leadership failure to watch out for:

1. Selfish Leadership Style

Selfish leadership revolves around the leader, not the team. Their efforts, ideas and goals are always aimed at improving themselves. From their perspective, it’s about what they can do to look good. It’s about feeding their egos. They disguise their concern for themselves as “looking out for the best interests of the company.” But in reality, the team’s opinion doesn’t matter. They make all decisions without input from others, they take all the credit for successes, and worse, they blame their team for any failures. For them, having the authority as a leader gives them the right to always be right. As a result, this type of leadership creates a toxic work environment in which creativity and innovation are suppressed.

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2. Resistant to change

When a company is led by a bad leader, growth and change always meet with resistance. New ideas are shot down and suggestions for change are always met with negativity. This resistance stems from their reluctance to leave their comfort zone. They believe that “if it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it.” They see growth as unachievable and are content with the status quo. Their narrow-mindedness prevents them from seeing the potential in new opportunities and hinders them from taking the necessary risks. As a result, the company has stagnated and is unable to adapt and compete in an ever-changing market.

3. Unable to Lead Themselves

A bad leader always seems to have the best image, but most of the time they are all talk and no action. They are empty shells of what a leader should be. They are always quick to give orders and make decisions, but when it comes to work they are nowhere to be found. They are incapable of leading themselves, let alone a team. This is because they lack the discipline, focus and drive to see things through.

Their lack of succession is a direct reflection of how lightly they take their responsibilities. They’re all about preaching, but they don’t see the need to practice what they preach. Never mind making it a lifestyle. They hate to commit and are always looking for the easy way out. They are not committed to their own goals, so why should they be committed to the goals of the team? This inconsistency is evident in their personal lives as well as in their professional lives. As a result, they are not only bad leaders, but also terrible role models.

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4. Can’t take criticism

One way to easily spot a bad leader is to give them honest feedback. A bad leader is incapable of handling criticism. They see any criticism as a personal attack and a challenge to their authority. They can’t stand constructive criticism because they think they look weak and incompetent. As a result, they surround themselves with “yes men” – people who only give them the validation they seek. They fear honest feedback and build an echo chamber where their ideas are constantly reinforced. In their quest for validation, they bury valuable feedback that could reveal the real problems.

“What we reveal, we can heal.” If the problems are never revealed, they can never be solved and the team remains on a path of no growth – a path where they only survive rather than thrive.

5. Not acting according to their core values

Core values ​​are the foundation of every company. They are our guiding beliefs and they determine how we behave. Behavior is the driving force behind our results. When a leader does not act according to the core values ​​of his company, it has a major impact on the results that the company achieves. The main reason for having core values ​​is to set up decision filters. But if a leader can’t abide by them, it’s only a matter of time before their decisions start to negatively impact the company.

6. Can’t Inspire Growth

A leader should be someone who inspires others to grow. They must be able to cultivate others to become leaders themselves. We must not forget that the main job of a leader is to create a path where the team can grow. If a leader does not understand this, he will not be able to create a plan and an environment suitable for growth. All they can do is keep the company alive, but never create the right conditions for the team to thrive.

There can be many factors that can cause a company to go bankrupt. But whatever these problems are, it always comes back to poor leadership skills. Leadership is the make-or-break element of a company. And often it is the difference between a successful business and a failed business. To avoid serious consequences, we must be aware of the symptoms and characteristics of leadership failure, and remember, “There are no business problems, only leadership problems.”

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