Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Seven Negative Characteristics Most Leaders Possess

The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths, making our weaknesses irrelevant.    --Peter Druker


  1. Micro-management -- inability to delegate. 

The leaders don’t truly understand the difference between management vs. leadership; which therefore translates to micro-management, arrogance, lack of trust etc

  1. Most Leaders won't and don’t share the whole picture.  

Not all leaders can articulate the “overarching” vision or mission. The definition of vision has always been… “Beyond what you can see… to what can be” - the odds are against a shortsighted leader without any foresight, who wants to be great

  1. Lack of self-awareness as a recurring theme 

Becoming a legend in one’s own mind and taking oneself too seriously, while good leaders are on the "still learning" curve

  1. Insufficient and inconsistent levels of value-driven personal discipline 

Insatiable hunger for power at the cost of peace of mind

  1. Lack of  balance of confidence & humility 

Not all leaders can find the right balance, doing the “Right Thing” and being the catalyst to business success

  1. "Stifled leader paradox

It means that "leadership" is constantly "on" (the "being") but "strategic leadership" (the "doing") can be switched "on/off" at will. It also means that the "stifled leader" is either a willing participant of the stifling (if he/she has strategic skills) or a stressed victim unaware of strategic potential of his/her leadership

  1. Narcissism is one of the most common negative characteristics among leaders. 

The voice in their head saying “you can do it better”. Lots of times it leads to self-fulfilling prophecies, and success follows. But, when the voice is wrong and the leader fails,  that same narcissism will lead them to blame others, freeing their conscience of guilt and leading them to start the cycle all over again

An effective leader will eliminate those negative characteristics,  cultivate the positive traits of good leadership such as delegation, trust, self-awareness, setting clear expectations, fairness, listening, decision making, providing feedback and respect…


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