Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ten Major Causes of Failure in Leadership

As John C. Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” If leadership is  the ability to empower others, then does it mean that a Leader who constantly need to remind his subordinates what not to do and to do has not attain the full status of effective leadership? In this post today, I share with you ten major causes of failure in leadership as culled from the all the time best seller “THINK AND GROW RICH” Enjoy!
So what are the Major Causes of Failure in leadership? They are listed below:
  • Inability to organize details: Efficient leadership calls for ability to organize and to master details. No genuine leader is ever “too busy” to do anything which may be required of him in his capacity as leader. When a man, whether he is a leader or follower admits that he is “too busy” to change his plans or to give attention to any emergency, he admits his inefficiency, the successful leader must be the master of all details connected with his position.
  • Unwillingness to render humble service: Truly great leaders are willing, when occasion demands to perform any sort of labor which they would ask another to perform.”The greatest among ye shall be the servant of all” is a truth which all able leaders observe and respect.
  • Expectation of pay for what they “know” instead of what they do with that which they know: The world does not pay men for that which they “know,” it pays them for what they do, or induce others to do.
competition from followers
  • Fear of competition from followers: The leader who fears that one of his followers may take his position is practically sure to realize that fear sooner or later
  • Lack of imagination:Without imagination, the leader is incapable of meeting emergencies and of creating plans by which to guide his followers efficiently.
  • Selfishness: the leader who claims the entire honor for the work of his followers is sure to be met by resentment. The really great leader claims none of the honors. He is contented to see the honors, when they are any, go to his followers because he knows that most men will work harder for commendation and recognition than they will for money alone.
  • Intemperence: Followers do not respect an intemperate leader. Moreover, intemperance in any of its various forms destroy the endurance and the vitality of all who indulge in it
  • Disloyalty: The leader who is not loyal to his trust, and to his associates, those above him and those below him, cannot  long maintain  his leadership.Disloyality  marks on  as being the less than the dust of the earth and brings down on one’s head the contempt he deserves
  • Emphasis of the “authority “of leadership: The efficient leader leads by encouraging and not by trying to instill fear in the hearts of his followers. The leader who tries to impress his followers with his “authority” falls within the category of leadership through force. If a leader is a real leader, he will have no need to advertise that fact except by his conduct his sympathy, understanding, fairness, and demonstration that he knows his job
  • Emphasis of title: The competent leader requires no “title” to give him the respect of his followers. The man who makes too much over his title generally has little else to emphasize. The doors to the office of the real leader are open to all who wish to enter and his working quarters are free from formality or ostentation.
Hope you learnt some vital lessons? Please drop me your comment below