Great leadership skills are typically a learned skill. These skills are developed, evolved and improved over time. Unfortunately, most of us have had to experience bad leadership within the workforce. Just like a bad neighbor, these people can make your life miserable. If you want to evaluate someone’s leadership skills, watch for these warning signs:
- Not listening to subordinates. Typically, leaders do not have experience doing the job of that of their subordinates. If there is a consensus of a problem or concern, a great leader will listen.
- Lack of communication. Just like a healthy relationship, communication is key. There can be so many lines of communication in the workplace. Whether communicating expectations or understanding what clients are trying to convey; communication can be one of the biggest strengths or weaknesses within the company. Clear communication promotes discipline, accountability, and transparency.
- Lack of Passion. Passion and energy go hand-in-hand. If the leaders aren’t passionate, why should their employees be? Passion can be contagious. If you’re listening to someone leads with passion, energy and a love for the work that they do, you naturally feel motivated and excited. Motivated and excited employees make for successful employees!
- “Wishy-washy”. These leaders don’t possess confidence in themselves or their teams. If making decisions are a difficult task for a leader, they will naturally be looked at as weak and ineffective.
- Those with no humility. Admitting to one’s own mistakes builds rapport and trust. If leaders are open to share personal failures and what you learned from these missteps, employees will naturally perform better.
There are many traits that help you recognize a great leader. This is just a small list to help weed out the bad ones. Working for a bad leader can not only be detrimental to your career, it directly affects the success of the team and company as a whole. The responsibility of leaders is to create and inspire future leaders, so let’s all avoid the bad leaders, praise the great leaders, and commit to developing the best leaders in the future!