It is a well-known fact that most of the workforce is as competent as their leader. However, not everyone has the opportunity to work under the guidance of a leader who is inspiring, capable and motivating. Whether you work under the direction of a leader or employ a leader, it is important to learn to recognize the qualities of a bad leader and act accordingly. Below are some revealing leadership qualities to look for that poor leaders often demonstrate.
List of Qualities of Bad Leader
One of my favourite leadership quotes is:
“Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.”
No matter how capable, intelligent or effective a leader is. If they lack moral integrity, trouble will follow. First, employees look to their managers for examples of acceptable behaviour. If a leader engages in unethical behaviour, it will not be long before subordinate employees also engage in unethical behaviour. Sooner or later, a lack of moral integrity almost always leads to the loss of a person, which is why it should be a major warning signal.
Lack Of Adaptability
Great leaders know how to use a range of leadership styles according to the needs of the situation. The truth is that not all employees are motivated by the same factors and that there is no single approach that fits all situations. Good leaders recognize this and are fluid, while poor leaders may be stuck in their tracks and not want to adapt to what the situation requires. If you notice that a leader is stubborn, slow to adapt to changing situations and shows a “my way-or-the-road” attitude, he or she is probably a bad leader.
- Little Vision For The Future
A leader’s job is to move forward, and good leaders must always focus on how they can make tomorrow more efficient and productive than today, as Elon Musk’s vision of the future demonstrates. Bad leaders, however, often become complacent and remain satisfied with the status quo. If a leader does not focus on the future and demonstrate a clear plan for continuous improvement, progress is unlikely to be made.
- Lack Of Accountability
The best leaders take responsibility when things go wrong and give credit to others when things go well. Employees want to know that they are working for a leader who will give them all the credit they deserve when they succeed and who will not throw them under a bus when things go wrong. Some leaders, however, are unable or unwilling to take on this responsibility, but rather to blame others and take credit for themselves. Ultimately, this behaviour will do little to motivate employees to succeed.
- Poor Communication Skills
Strong communication skills are by far the most important traits a leader needs to possess. It doesn’t matter how effective a plan a leader is able to develop. If they are not able to communicate this plan to their employees in a way that is easy to understand and motivate, then little progress will be made. Good leaders must be able to listen carefully and communicate clearly. If a leader demonstrates an inability to communicate his or her ideas and expectations to others, it is unlikely that he or she will be a very effective leader.
- Lack of Transparency
Staff can tell when you are not completely honest with them. There is rarely a reason not to be fully transparent with your team, especially in a young and growing company. Your team will appreciate understanding exactly where the company stands. This will help everyone to come together as a team and focus on the issues that need to be resolved for the long-term benefit of the company. Lack of transparency can lead to a lack of trust.
- Not Listening
Listening to all employees as often as possible is very important to build a loyal and loyal team. Everyone must be part of the process and have an overview. The interaction and listening of your team is too often forgotten by CEOs, with the agitation and agitation of work and travel schedules. It shouldn’t be.
- Dismissing Ideas Other Than Your Own
I didn’t realize how toxic this behaviour was until it was pointed out to me. Your employees should never feel that they are presenting you in a way that gives you the impression (as CEO) that you are turning gold. It is extremely important to understand a good idea, to help it develop it and to give it the necessary praise and credit.
- Valuing Experience Over Potential
CEOs must be careful not to focus on experience over potential. Some of our best employees have not been the most experienced. What they have is something that cannot be trained or developed – it’s a fire in their belly to deliver world-class products to our customers. You can’t teach that.
- Working 24/7
A few weeks ago, I asked a fellow entrepreneur about his weekend projects. His answer: “I work all weekend.” I understand the ownership and passion that comes with running a business, but you need to set an example for your team, have other interests and learn to take a break. Otherwise, everyone will assume that they have to work so hard and the exhaustion of the whole team is inevitable (and a toxic culture will follow).
- Lack of Empathy
Leaders need to understand the issues facing their team and then start doing everything in their power to remove barriers to entry so that their team can do the best job possible. In my experience, these barriers include a lack of resources, a lack of orientation and a lack of culture.
- Forgetting About Leadership Development
Educating and creating a growth plan for your employees is one of the things that should never be ignored, but often goes unnoticed. Having a path of growth and education not only increases employee retention, but also creates a smarter and more hungry team. If you think about it backwards, can you afford not to let your team learn or grow? Imagine if your marketing team did the same thing as in four or five years.
- Being Overly Conservative
Modern leaders must demonstrate absolute tenacity to achieve the results they want – from themselves, their organization, their team and even their customers. Get rid of overly conservative notions. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. If you don’t take that risk, you’ll never know what the opportunity would be. You’ll never have to say, “I could have, I could have, I should have.” Use your guts, and in my experience and in the end, everything goes well.
- Permitting Negative Gossip
Spreading negative gossip on others sends a signal that it is not safe to be around that person. Trust is immediately shaken and people fear that what they say will be shared behind their backs. Leaders who tell gossip or do not take action to eradicate it do not only hurt the company’s morale. They hinder the flow of honest feedback and communication throughout the organization.
As CEO, it is essential to be open-minded and to listen to the comments and ideas of others. Being closed-minded and not wanting to change your point of view will cause problems both with your employees and with the success of your business.
- Avoids or does not deal with conflict
Whether in direct conflict with another employee or as a mediator between two people in conflict, a leader should not simply pretend that everything is fine and assume that things will resolve themselves. Avoiding these kinds of disagreements or unpleasant situations can lead to an accumulation of frustration, resentment and miscommunication.
So, although a leader may think he is doing everyone involved a favor by avoiding confrontation, it may one day explode in their faces. A good leader will approach the situation with an open mind and be proactive.
- They power trip instead of empower others
Being in a position of power does not mean abusing these rights. A true leader will make a conscious effort to inspire, invest time in the development of his team and help it to be the best it can be.
When their title or ranking begins to rise to the top, the focus can shift from team empowerment to valuing their own self-esteem. Leadership is not about controlling employees, but rather about guiding and orienting others so that they can grow and reach their true potential.
Clearly define expectations and roles, solicit feedback, create stimulating opportunities and allow them to develop their own wings. Empower employees to take charge of themselves!
- They never show vulnerability
Leaders can perceive their role as powerful, resilient and invincible, and they want to continually display an image of irreproachability, which can be more intimidating than inspiring. What some leaders do not see is that this unrealistic image of force can be misinterpreted as inaccessible, or as magic armor that protects them from the obstacles to which their employees are sensitive.
Since when did the demonstration of a certain vulnerability become a bad thing? It lets those you are trying to empower know that you too are subject to mistakes, regrets and frustrations, that criticism and rejection can also have an impact on your state of mind, that you too are human!
Showing that you can be vulnerable at times can make you easier for your workers to understand, making them feel less defeated by their own flaws. But of course, don’t forget: everything in moderation!
- They fail to see the strengths of their team
You are not sure of the “characteristic” of this one, perhaps a bad judge of character? Inability to identify the potential of others? Anyway, you understand the idea.
A leader who does not know or take the necessary steps to know the strengths of the workforce can lead with blinders. Perhaps they delegate responsibilities to those who are not suited for the role, or neglect someone’s natural talent when it could have been beneficial to the performance of certain tasks.
A good leader will use tools that will allow him to discover the true potential, not only to assign tasks, but also to continue to motivate them and communicate effectively with them. Not seeing these natural reflexes is like seeing only the tip of the iceberg.
Leadership can make or break any company. For this reason, there are a few key factors to consider before you join a new team or hire a new leader. These characteristics should also apply to anyone who is trying to improve their own skills. In any case, remember that great leaders must regularly demonstrate integrity, adaptability, vision, responsibility and communication to effectively lead their teams to excellence.