Sometimes it’s just as essential to know what not to do as a leader, as it is to know what to do.
Leaders are quick to recognize what they’re doing right, while being oblivious to the things causing them to fail.
For the last decade I’ve worked with and associated with high achieving leaders. I’ve noticed that while there are many things that can lead them to failure, some are more common than others. I wanted to share that list with you now so that you can become a stronger leader:
1. Leading Without Love
My friend Rick Warren (and by “friend” I mean I’ve read his books and attended his church) says “leadership without love is manipulation“. I like that thought a lot. You don’t have to love everyone you lead, but you have to have a loving heart. Leadership through fear and force never lasts in the long run.
2. Failure To Serve
Strong leaders do what needs to happen. They don’t refuse to do a task, thinking it’s beneath them because of their title. They lead through serving which sets the ultimate example for those they lead.
3. Bad Attitude
Your attitude is contagious. If you’re always in a bad mood and dripping with negativity, you can expect your team to act the same way. Your attitude sets the tone. How you respond to questions, suggestions, and new ideas is critical. It will either encourage your team or cause them to ask themselves what’s the point.
4. Being Too Busy
A strong leader should never be “too busy” for a task that requires their attention. Leadership demands that you be organized and efficient. Of course, successful leaders know how to delegate certain tasks to their team but that doesn’t mean they don’t give their time to an emergency when needed.
5. Expecting Results From What You Know Instead Of What You Do
Results don’t come from what you know, they come from what you do. College degrees and fancy job titles are no guarantee of success. A strong leader is knowledgable, but knowing their results come from what they do makes them wise.
6. Relying On Title To Lead
A true leader doesn’t need a title to earn the respect of his team. Any leader who is overly focused on their title is saying they have little else to stand on.
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7. Head In The Sand
Not dealing with reality leads to certain failure for a leader. Know what is going on. Don’t make things seem better than they are, and don’t make them seem worse!
8. Fear Of Creating Leaders
Too many leaders are afraid of someone taking their position. This scarcity minded thinking can cause a leader to lose sight of what it’s important. Great leaders create more leaders.
9. Lack Of Enthusiasm
If you’re not fired up about what you’re doing, don’t expect anyone else to either. Any leader can give out orders and tell people what to do. That doesn’t mean your team is on the same page as you. Enthusiasm is contagious. If you want your team to be enthusiastic, understand it starts with you.
10. Delegating Responsibility Along With The Task
Delegation is part of any efficient leaders day. The problem is when a leader delegates the task and assumes they are no longer responsible for the outcome of that task. Delegate the task, not the responsibility. As a leader, the results are on you.
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As I said before, there are more things that can cause a leader to fail. This list is the most common of those. Any one of these can trip you up and cause you to fail. If you desire to be a high achieving leader, you must be free of these 10 faults.