Just as there are telltale signs of effective leadership, there are signs of poor leadership. Here are some ways to tell if you are dealing with a poor leader.
Doesn’t understand people
People have certain basic needs. Poor leaders fail to recognize this and use these basic needs when motivating subordinates. People need to be loved and appreciated. They need to feel they belong and are secure. They need to achieve. Leaders need to understand this. Motivation must be based on understanding and recognizing the needs of individuals.
Fights change; afraid of innovation
There can be no growth without change. A leader must be willing to accept change. Change must come in organizational patterns, ways of doing things, purposes, and means of communicating.
Creativity is a requirement for effective leadership. The leader who lacks imagination, creativity, and vision will be a poor leader.
Passes the buck
Good leaders accept responsibility. The person who always has someone else to blame for his troubles will always be a poor leader. The effective leader will delegate responsibility and authority, but always be aware that the ultimate responsibility still belongs to him.
Lacks team spirit
Some outstanding contributions can be made by solo performers. These people can be leaders in the sense of being out in front of others. They cannot be leaders in the sense of guiding and directing others. The effective leader will be a team player and will develop a team spirit in his followers.
Loses emotional control
A leader shows he is in control of a situation by maintaining control over himself. When a leader loses control over his emotions, especially anger, he greatly decreases his effectiveness.
Ball games are won with offensive efforts. Defense is important, but scores few points. When a leader becomes more defensive than offensive, he loses.
Refuses to take risks
The greater the risk, the greater the potential. That can be a potential for success or for failure. In this world, uncertainty is certain. The effective leader will study a situation, but he will accept some risk in decision making.