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How do we spot a poor leader?

Well, it is not that difficult; they are all around us.
I call bad leaders ‘poor’ leaders. Poor leaders do not accept suggestions well and view it as an attack to their integrity. They want to be surrounded by ‘yes-men’ and do not value the feedback of others. Their actions and words demonstrate that they do not have a balance between their personal life and their professional life.
Poor leaders are often selfish and egoistic. They make decisions only in their interest and like to take credit when things go well. They are not accountable for their decisions as managers and can be prone to blame others and misrepresent the facts when they go wrong.
They can be highly destructive to an organization’s culture.
Poor leaders avoid taking responsibility. A good leader never avoids responsibility, and he or she also does not allow others to avoid it. Instead, a leader is always prepared to take responsibility and learn from past failures. They avoid repeating the same mistakes.
Poor leaders blame others. They blame others because they are ineffective. They will often focus on the negative aspects of a situation. They may believe that pushing others to perform and receive rewards will increase their productivity, which will lower them. An effective leader will focus on the positive aspects of a situation and emphasize how success for each individual will benefit the entire team. Although ineffective leaders might not notice these indicators, they are easily recognized by their team.
Poor leaders often lack accountability skills. They do not respond when needed, drop the ball, or fail to deliver on promises.
A leader who points the finger at another person is the worst form of poor leadership. This can lead to toxic workplace culture, lack of trust, and other issues. Finger-pointing can also lead to missed deadlines. Worse, finger-pointing seldom works.
While we all make excuses, poor leaders often excuse themselves for their actions more than they should. Poor leaders are hesitant to apologize for unfair fault. To distract themselves from the problem, they resort to the blame game.
Are you a poor leader?

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