To be a good leader, you should not just know what to do, but also what not to do.
While many leaders are quick to claim what they are doing right, they can’t easily recognize what is causing them to fail. It just seems so hard for them to notice the things that may lead them to the path to failure.
What you’re going to learn in this post are the factors that can prevent leaders from succeeding. They are as follows:
- Leading without passion and love. As Rick Warren puts it, “leadership without love is manipulation”. This is so true. It doesn’t mean that you have to love the people you’re leading. What it means is that you need to have a loving heart if you want to become a great leader. Your followers should follow you because they respect you and value your guidance, and not because they fear you.
- Inability to follow. A good leader is also a good follower. Strong leaders don’t hesitate to do a task even though their title gives them the right to refuse to do it. Good leaders know how to follow and serve, and this is the example that they set to the people they lead.
- Bad attitude. Your attitude in the workplace can be contagious. Those leaders who are always negative and in a bad mood may find themselves leading people who have the same attitude. Remember that as a leader, the way you answer questions, respond to new ideas and react to suggestions can define you as a leader. Your own attitude can have a huge influence in your team members.
- Not having enough time for your team. Being too busy to the point of not having time for matters that require your attention is another cause of leadership failure. As a leader, it is your job to be efficient and organized. You also have to learn how to delegate tasks to your members so that not everything will fall on your lap.
- Doing nothing and expecting results. You may know a lot and you may have vast experience in your field, but unfortunately, those things will give you the results you want. If you want positive results, then you have to do something so you can get them. Being knowledgeable is good, but it can’t be a guarantee for your success.
- Unwillingness to mentor someone. Many leaders don’t like the idea of mentoring someone with potential because they fear the latter may take over their position. They are too insecure to share what they know! You can say you have good leadership skills if you are not afraid to share your expertise to someone
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