The cliche is that success breeds success, but when it comes to leadership that’s not always the case.
Via Inc.com comes a list of four ways great leaders often get it wrong, with the website arguing that past success can re-enforce negative behaviours in company bosses. The biggest issues:
- Listening: As leaders face more demands on their time they may stop really listening to what people have to say. This leads to isolation and poor decision making.
- Multitasking: Again, demands on time are the root of the problem. In this case, leaders who try to cram too many tasks into any given period can find they make bad decisions and embarrass themselves with staff.
- ‘Snap’ decisions: The quick thinking a good leader did on their feet when the business was much smaller can become a liability when the business is bigger and there are more moving parts to consider.
- Manipulation: Manipulating people to do what you want, rather than encouraging true collaboration, can lead to patterns of poor behaviour throughout a business and a failure to capitalise on good ideas.