5 Leadership Traits To Avoid

As a leader, I guess that you ultimately want to achieve success. At the same time, you know that success as a leader is definitely not guaranteed.

So what traits do you want to avoid if you want to achieve success as a leader?

  1. Trying to rely on status or seniority to get things done.
  2. Never allowing others to have a go and try things out because of fear of failure.
  3. Avoiding taking key decisions that need to be made.
  4. Trying to do it all by yourself.
  5. Failing to trust others in the team.

I wonder what else you would add to the list?

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to achieve success and realize their professional potential through being highly effective leaders and managers. For more information and to sign up for his free audio e-course click here

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Barbara Saunders says 5 July 2010

A biggie – hiring people to reflect back an image rather than people who can get the job done. Example: I worked for a company that was hiring people for an extremely group oriented role – “success” could be reduced to precise goals achieved only by teams. Yet they kept recruiting “stars,” people with Ivy League degrees and impressive individual achievements.

The culture was a total mismatch for people driven by competition and rewarded when they were able to “shine.” We finally had recruiting success with equally intelligent, capable people who looking for a congenial atmosphere and weren’t so motivated by being recognized as “the best and the brightest.”

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