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Whether it’s Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Bill Gates, these people are known to drive the growth of their businesses through strong leadership. A good leader can take a failed business and turn it around, while a bad leader can ruin even the most successful business. Leadership is essential to the growth and success of any business, but what happens when that leadership fails? What are the symptoms? How do you know if your business is being led by a failed leader? Here are six signs of failed leadership that you should consider:
1. Selfish leadership style
Selfish leadership is centered around the leader, not the team. Their efforts, ideas and goals are always aimed at improving themselves. From their point of view, this is what they can do to make themselves look good. It’s about feeding your ego. They disguise their concern for themselves as “looking after the best interests of the company.” But in reality, they don’t care what the team thinks. They make all the decisions without the input of others, take full credit for their success, and worse, blame their team for any failure. For them, having authority as their leader entitles them to be right all the time. As a result, this type of leadership creates a toxic work environment where creativity and innovation are stifled.
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2. Resistant to change
When a company is under the leadership of a bad leader, growth and change are always resilient. New ideas are removed and any suggestions for change are always found to be negative. This resistance comes from his unwillingness to step out of his comfort zone. They believe that “if it is not broken, there is no need to fix it.” They see growth as unattainable and are content with the status quo. Their proximity prevents them from seeing the potential of new opportunities and restricts them from taking the necessary risks. As a result, the company is stagnant and unable to adapt and compete in a constantly changing market.
3. Unable to address
A bad leader always seems to have the best image, but most of the time, everyone is talking and not acting. They are empty shells of what a leader should be. They are always quick to give orders and make decisions, but when it comes to getting the job done, they are nowhere to be found. They are unable to run on their own, let alone a team. That’s because they don’t have the discipline, focus and drive to see things.
Their lack of follow-up is a direct reflection of the lightness of their responsibilities. It’s about preaching, but they don’t see the need to practice what they preach. And much less turn it into a lifestyle. They hate to commit and are always looking for the easy way out. They’re not committed to their own goals, so why would they be committed to the team’s goals? This inconsistency is evident in both his personal and professional life. As a result, they are not only bad leaders, they are also terrible role models.
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4. Unable to accept criticism
One way to easily spot a bad leader is to give him honest feedback. A bad leader is unable to handle criticism. They view any form of criticism as a personal attack and a challenge to their authority. They cannot accept constructive criticism, because they believe that it makes them seem weak and incompetent. As a result, they are surrounded by “yes men”, people who only give them the validation they seek. They fear honest feedback and build an echo chamber where their ideas are constantly reinforced. In the process of pursuing validation, they bury valuable comments that could reveal real problems.
“What we reveal, we can heal.” If problems are never revealed, they can never be solved and the team will stay on a path without growth, a path where they only survive instead of thrive.
5. Not acting according to its core values
Core values are the foundation of any business. They are our guiding beliefs and dictate how we behave. Behavior is what drives our results. When a leader does not act according to the core values of his company, it greatly affects the results that the company obtains. The most important reason to have core values is to establish decision-making filters. But if a leader can’t keep up, it’s only a matter of time before his decisions start to affect the company in a negative way.
6. It cannot inspire growth
A leader must be someone who inspires the growth of others. They should be able to cultivate others so that they can become leaders in their own right. We must not forget that the number one job of a leader is to create a path where the team can grow. If a leader does not understand this, he will not be able to create the right plan and environment for growth. All they can do is keep the company in a state of survival but never set the right conditions to grow the team to the fullest.
There can be many factors that can lead to the failure of a business. But whatever these issues are, you always have little leadership skills again. Leadership is the transforming element of a business. And many times, it’s the difference between a successful business and a failed one. To avoid serious repercussions, we need to be aware of the symptoms and traits of failed leadership, and remember, “No business problems, just leadership problems.”
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