Avoid Doing These if You're Striving to be a Great Leader

Working for a great leader is a huge benefit. Yet, I’ve probably learned more about leadership by keenly observing the bad leaders, the failures, the ones who seemingly do everything wrong.

Here is that learning distilled that down into nine foolproof ways to fail in a new leadership role. Do a few of these together, and you’ll certainly get to go back to a zero responsibility role.

Pretend to Know Everything

In a new leadership position, we desperately want to prove we belong in the role by knowing everything immediately. Don’t fall into that trap – it backfires every time.

Delegate Your Budget to Someone Else

In any leadership position, knowing the budget is key. You are responsible for good financial controls and making the best choices available with your resources.

Make Being Liked Your Primary Goal

Being in a leadership role means making unpopular decisions sometimes. In the most extreme cases of military leadership, it can mean potentially sending people to their death.

Tell Everyone Exactly What They Want To Hear

Act with integrity. Don’t tell someone what they want to hear unless it’s true.

Dodge ALL the Blame

You are responsible for every aspect of the program, project, or unit you manage. Any mistake or failure is ultimately your responsibility and no one else’s.

Tell Everyone How Hard Your Job Is

No. One. Cares. Honestly. It’s a hard reality, but people don’t care if your job is hard if you are in a leadership role. They consider it part of the price you pay for higher wages and greater career prospects.

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