Ever wonder why you can never get ahead? What if you could control your success by watching out for the reasons of failure and fix them? I have your answers for you.
Here are the Top 10 Causes of Failure in Leadership:
1. Inability to Organize Details
2. Unwillingness to Render Humble Service
3. Expectation of Pay for What You Know Instead of What You Do with What You Know
4. Fear of Competition From Followers
5. Lack of Imagination
9. Emphasis of Authority of Leadership
10. Emphasis of Title
Let me expand on each of the causes for further understanding.
Inability to Organize Details
If you are in a position of leadership such as a supervisor for a job or lead worker for the shift, you have a big responsibility. As a leader you have to be ready to do whatever you require of your staff. I have seen many a supervisors that feel as soon as they become a supervisor, they no longer have to do the dirty work. You are not going to be respected by your staff until you do the dirty work. I have had many supervisors, but only a couple have I had respect for. The first one was when I worked at Burger King. I would pick up extra shifts if I knew that this supervisor was working, otherwise I would refuse extra shifts. I liked this supervisor because she would help us get our work done instead of focusing on the work she needed done before the end of her shift.
Unwillingness to Render Humble Service
I have had many supervisors that when emergencies happen they are nowhere to be found. Instead supervisors should be willing to do whatever is required to help out. There were many times, I worked around the clock as a supervisor because we were shorthanded. It wasn't fun by any means, but I also was able to become full staff a lot quicker because employees saw what I was willing to do to help out.
Expectation of Pay for Knowledge Instead of Using Their Knowledge
Just because you have a degree doesn't mean that you can and will apply that knowledge. More employers will hire a person for their experience rather than education.
Fear of Competition From Followers
When you focus on your fears, your fears come true. I had a superintendent that would lock his office any time that he wasn't in it. You could tell that he trusted no one and in return, no one trusted him either. On the other hand, another superintendent would leave his door open even if he was at the Capitol lobbying for more money for the school district. He was the best superintendent I have ever had. Students loved to sit by him at ball games instead of fearing him.
Lack of Imagination
As a teacher, I have noticed that if you don't have a student's attention, they will not pay attention to you or the lesson. However if they are playing a game, students don't even realize they are learning something. If you are not able to be creative to keep ahead of competition, you are going to get lost in the shuffle of things. Just because you are successful now, doesn't mean that you will continue if you lose your imagination.
Great leaders don't take credit for what their staff do for them. Good leaders look good because of the great staff that are under them. In turn leaders than return the favor by giving credit back to those who deserve it.
Intemperance is when you do not use moderation in what you do or say. So if you overindulge in how you do things, be prepared to not be listened to. One example of not using moderation or restraint is when you are talking about other staff or client issues. If one staff person hears you gossiping about another person, they wonder whether or not you are going to do that with them as well.
When you are not loyal to those you should support, don't be surprised to lose your followers. Being disloyal can include not completing tasks as you are asked, being dishonest, and theft.
Emphasis of Authority of Leadership
Great supervisors do not instill fear in their staff instead they support their staff to do better than they have ever done. I worked at one facility where the supervisor used fear to control her staff. This was a contracted job that cleaned another company's business. The supervisor told us that we were not allowed to talk to the other company about our problem for fear of getting fired. This supervisor was also the owner, so there was not another person to go to for complaints. You shouldn't have to fear your supervisor ever.
Emphasis of Title
A successful supervisor proves their leadership by what they do not what they say. If you have to say you are a supervisor to prove your role, then you are not a leader. Doors of a real leader are always open and are not afraid to let others use their office even if they are not there.
Once you know the characteristics of failure of leadership, then you can correct what you may or may not be doing to succeed in leadership.
My name is Stena Schmitt.
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