Lesson 8º








The non-leader

In the two previous lessons, we listed the qualities that all leaders should possess. On the other hand, there are certain characteristics that characterize a non-leader.

We are going to point out a few of the most relevant ones:

Haughty: they believe they know best: they don’t listen, they don’t ask for advice, they don’t accept other points of view, they don’t know how to admit to their mistakes and they don’t recognize their own limitations. All this, can make them make big mistakes that can jeopardize the future of the company. Besides, behaving this way will cause rejection amongst the employees.

Unreliable: he promises and does not fulfil, his team makes an effort waiting to achieve the promised reward and it never comes. He looses all credibility.

The team looses their faith in him and they are no longer prepared to continue making additional effort.

Frightful: he is a person that feels insecure, which makes him extremely jealous. He is scared that someone might put him in the shade and this makes him surround himself with mediocre people.

He has many complexes, he fears showing weakness which is why he rejects advice and doesn’t listen and he doesn’t allow the people in his team to shine through.

This type of executive ends up being despised by his team.

Lifeless: a lifeless leader is going to find it very difficult to generate enthusiasm into his team. If the leader lacks energy, optimism, a push, he is not going to be able to motivate his employees.

He avoids risk: the leader should fight for his objectives, some difficult goals; this obliges him to walk in unknown territory, to assume risks.

A person that avoids risks at all cost is a conformist who is happy with what they have and who is going to find it hard to drive the company in any direction.

In a world which is always changing, like the one we live in, not moving is a synonym of loosing.

Dishonest: when the Director lacks solid ethical principles it is not unusual for him to be unjust.

The group is not going to follow a person they don’t trust; they will end up despising him.

Lack of vision: the leader gets support from the organization by offering them a really stimulating project: the leader sells illusions.

If the boss doesn’t have a project, what is he going to offer his team? Continuity? Anyone can do this.

Besides, as we have already pointed out, continuity nowadays is the quickest way towards extinction.

Selfish: a person whose main worry (and sometimes only one) are his own interests will find it difficult to get support from his team.

The employees will immediately realise the risk that they are running trusting their fate to this person.

Enlightened: the leader is a person that thinks about the future, but always keeps his feet on the ground and is always realistic.

If the leader’s objectives are extremely utopian, people will begin to distrust him. A job position is something serious and staff are not going to embark on adventures with an uncertain end.

An enlightened person can put the future of his company at risk.

Authoritarian: a boss that bases his management on fear can sometimes achieve good results in the short term, but he will end up harming the organization.

The members of his team will take any opportunity to change jobs. Nobody puts up with a tyrant.

The atmosphere that he generates is very tense, people will act without initiative, they will go to work unenthused, and they will not give their best.