As a leader, you are always tasked with delivering the right results. The greatest leaders know that consistently presenting great results is not something that they can do while living in isolation. To get others to back them in delivering results, they need to avoid the five worst traits of leaders. In my short experience, these include:
- Arrogance: Without a doubt, you want a leader to be confident and self-assured. At the same time, you want them to understand the impact that they have on others and be self-aware. If you are someone who is randomly arrogant, you will do a decent job at turning people off and ultimately disengaging them.
- Zero Listening Skills: When you are the leader, you are the person in charge, you make the important decisions, and you make things happen. You don’t need the opinions and views of others- right? Well, NO. You will de-motivate your team and confine them. On the other hand, if you want to work with your team to deliver great performance and service, make the time to listen to them.
- Straight up Bullying: No one respects or likes a bully. A bully is not only terrible news for those that they lead but is expensive too. An article on this same NYK Daily platform implies that it hits the bottom line. At that time, it was recommended that workplace bullying was necessitating more than £3bn a year in staff turnover, sick pay, and productivity. Don’t be a bully and save your firm some money. In the long run, leaders who rely on heavy-handed tactics or bullying will more than likely see themselves in the midst of a large ocean in a sinking ship without a necessary life jacket at some point. Genuinely, how appealing does that sound to you guys?
- Picking one favorite: Challenging as it may be, your job as a leader is to aim and try to treat everyone in a similar fashion and avoid favoritism. It can be tempting to have favorites but can be remarkably dangerous in the long run. The reason is that you will end up dividing your team that can lead to ‘in fighting’ rather than energies and times being focused on results.
- Stupid Organisation Skills: If you have ever been employed under someone who regularly turns up late for meetings, does not have all of their points available, and fails to keep anything on the track, you will know just how bothersome this can be. With increasing demands on leaders’ time, being prepared is no longer an elective extra.
If you want to succeed as a leader, have a good organisation skills, don’t play favouritism in your workspace, don’t bully anyone no matter what post they are in, listen to others and value everyone’s opinion and don’t be arrogant or overly heavy-handed.
If you want to succeed as a leader, you need to enhance your good traits and minimize the bad traits. So what are actions do you need to take to accomplish this?