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Failing as a Leader

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t get to relax once you’ve reached a leadership position. It is entirely possible to hold a position of command without realizing that you are failing at it. Leadership involves critical thinking, excellent decision-making, and spearheading progressive ideas. If you question your leadership success, it might be helpful to check […]

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t get to relax once you’ve reached a leadership position. It is entirely possible to hold a position of command without realizing that you are failing at it. Leadership involves critical thinking, excellent decision-making, and spearheading progressive ideas. If you question your leadership success, it might be helpful to check for some of the following symptoms suggesting that you need to refocus.

Do you have a vision?

Every leader is responsible for crafting a vision that will propel the organization’s success. It can be confusing if the leader lacks vision or any plans. Your team is bound to fail or make any reckless decision that can threaten a company’s stability. Ask yourself frequently what your vision is and whether you are still on the right track. 

Do you know everything?

One thing to look out for in a failing leader is the unwillingness to seek input from team members. Any successful leader should listen to others and discover new tips for handling different scenarios. A democratic style of leadership has been proven repeatedly to be the most productive. A leader who cannot admit that he needs help or seems to know everything is bound to fail. The best way to succeed is to involve your team in your projects and ideas. Communication is critical to the success of any leadership. If you pay little attention to interacting with your team, you may lose the influence you have amongst your team.

Are you willing to take up challenges?

While certain people might be comfortable with the status quo, a leader should go out of their comfort zone to embrace new challenges. A successful leader keeps looking for chances to grow and excel. If you are comfortable with the status quo, you should think of ways to reinvent your leadership skills, lest you fail.

Lack of trust

The concept of trust cannot be underestimated, whether in our personal or professional lives. It forms the foundation of any leadership. If your team members don’t trust you, there is no reason to expect them to be loyal. When loyalty and trust are lost, that is when you risk losing respect, and there is a little that you can do to influence your team.

Are you less concerned?

One way to tell that you are failing is when you notice a lack of interest in the things that make sense to your team members. If you head an organization and suddenly develop a laissez-faire attitude, you might need to reevaluate your goals. If you focus is on winning someone’s approval rather than seeing the company succeed, it’s another sign that something might be wrong. 

This article was originally published at https://michaeltroina.co/

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