4 Leadership Mistakes of Muammar Gaddafi that lead to his downfall


Colonel Gaddafi was a Libyan politician, revolutionary, and political theorist. He ruled Libya as the Revolutionary Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republic and then as the “Brotherly Leader” of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. He was initially committed to Arab nationalism and Arab socialism but later governed according to his own Third International Theory.

Here are 4 Leadership Blunders of Muammar Gaddafi that lead to his downfall:


Grandiosity is defined as the quality of being impressive and imposing in style or appearance, especially pretentiously so. Gaddafi lived a lavish life with gold plated cars, female bodyguards accompanying him everywhere, eight suite-style bedrooms, a marble foyer, jacuzzi, and a swimming pool in London, and numerous other mansions around the world. He wasn’t shy of showing off his wealth either, and that’s a leadership mistake you must avoid. Is showing off wealth wrong? Should a person be judged for driving a Rolls Royce and carrying a Louis Vuitton bag? Disputable. But, showing-off the money that’s not yours while your nation lives in poverty is undisputedly wrong.

This was one reason for Gaddafi’s downfall. Don’t show off your wealth if it is not yours, or else people will come barging at your home, drag you out on the street, and take away everything you boast (the same happened with Gaddafi; we will come to that in the end).

Maintainance is the key:

Maintenance is an essential factor in quality assurance and, in some cases, decides the long-term progress of a company. Poorly managed resources can cause uncertainty and wholly or partially pause the usage. Malfunctioning machines or total breakdowns can become a harmful process for most firms.

Gaddafi misused Libya’s budget to buy fancy weaponry, which, ironically, his administration didn’t know how to use or maintain. When America invaded Libya to overthrow Gaddafi, the Libyan army was paralyzed due to poorly maintained weapons, which resulted in a decisive victory for the West.

Trying to bully others will always backfire:

Bullies use menaces as a means of getting things done. It may seem like a last resort, but it’s all they think they have to dominate others. Without threats, bullies feel impotent. Gaddafi’s 40-year rule is filled with brutal accounts. In 1973, Gaddafi stood against Anwar Sadat’s peace policy with Israel, leading to a terrible war against Egypt.

Later, Gaddafi went on to wage a campaign against Chad, just because Chadian President François Tombalbaye was a Christian. Eventually, Libya invaded Chad and bullied them for over a decade. Countries like Sudan suffered due to Gaddafi’s destructive attitude. Gaddafi even mutilated all his political opponents and murdered everyone who challenged his regime.

Messing up Communications:

If you can’t decode others’ silence, you blame them for all communication issues. Growing impatient, you take a terrible step that changes the landscape of your leadership forever.

In the 1970s, before Gaddafi’s Arab first policy, The United States of America was a silent observant of Gaddafi’s rule. Although the United States never come out in the open to support Libya directly, Libya and America even maintained healthy trade relations. Everything changed in October of 1981. Two Libyan Sukhoi Su-22 jets fired on U.S. aircraft engaging in a routine naval exercise over international Mediterranean waters. What happened next?

The United States adopted strict economic sanctions against Libya, including a complete ban on direct export and import trade, business contracts, and travel-related ventures. Also, Libyan Government assets in the United States were frozen. When Libyan complicity was reported in the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing, which killed two American service members, the United States answered by launching an aerial bombing attack against Benghazi and Tripoli’s targets in April 1986. Although the relationship normalized in the early 2000s, the United States was just waiting for the right opportunity to strike back.

When Gaddafi attempted to crush protests in the 2011 Libyan Civil War, America jumped in and provided total support to the rebels. The result? Gaddafi was pulled out from a large drainage pipe where he was hiding, dragged up to his feet, and shot multiple times, leading to his demise.