If you want to be followed, make sure that you avoid these five ineffective leadership behaviors:
- Ignore It. Ineffective leaders either pretend not to know there is a major problem, or choose to deny it instead of facing challenges head on.
- Someone Else’s Problem. This age old excuse undermines confidence and can breed contempt. It also fails to acknowledge the systemic nature of leadership.
- Blame Others. This behavior is a corollary of “blaming others.” When leaders do not model a sense of personal responsibility for organizational success, they falter.
- Cover Your Backside. Another unproductive leadership approach is trying to protect your reputation instead of making things happen. Effective leaders acknowledge a problem and take the difficult steps necessary to solve it.
- Stall. While a wait and see attitude can be helpful when critical information is forthcoming, ineffective leaders often use a stalling tactic as an excuse for not taking responsibility and for not making the tough decisions.