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2015 January

15 Traits of a Terrible Leader

“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members.  Below the note is my response.”

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See #4 in light of our experience posts.

John

http://www.success.com/article/15-traits-of-a-terrible-leader?utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http%3a%2f%2fwww.success.com%2farticle%2f15-traits-of-a-terrible-leader&utm_campaign=15+Traits+of+a+Terrible+Leader

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Ok, couple flies in the ointment

First, trait-based theories of leadership have been debunked, no one is born a leader, and thus no one born a terrible leader, so get rid of trait language;)

Second, a lot of those traits are VERY handy at times…

It’s a BS approach, which people seem to love, pop psychology that ain’t true but sounds good, people love their BS…

 

mike

7 replies on “15 Traits of a Terrible Leader”

“Second, a lot of those traits are VERY handy at times…”

and UNhandy at other times in other conditions

“it’s a BS approach, which people seem to love, pop psychology that ain’t true but sounds good, people love their BS…”

for example…people love their chance to denigrate people they don’t like who have more explicit power than they. labelling via trait language is a wonderfully non-disconfirmable method for those so inclined.
for example…people like a simple ladder that looks right because it feels right because it explains why something isn’t working in a way that isn’t a personal ego challenge

There are 1000s of listicles (list/articles) just like this one. Sorry to denigrate. Not really, low empathy, I just know I should say that to come off slightly less harsh.

Having said all that, if you like it, then live it. My opinion doesn’t matter. 🙂

Alicia

OF COURSE your opinion matters, Alicia…that is what generates the learning for all of us on this….even if your opinion is WRONG! .

Here is my take on a list like this and how to make it useful (high expedient). If I were to discuss this list with a senior leader or team, I might ask them to 1) score themselves and each other on these traits. 2) depending on your personal score, what are the implications of that for your leadership? When have these traits proved useful for you? When have they got in your way of being able to effectively lead? 3) To the degree that you express these traits, how might you make them more object than subject and regulate their use?

I don’t much care about their accuracy as about their ability to have a learning conversation with a senior leader or team.

Brian

Awwww… thanks “high acceptance with a tinge of vengeance” Brian for encouraging me to feel accepted and included! 🙂 I accept and acknowledge your expedient point about utility of the piece in certain conditions.

Alicia

“High acceptance with a tinge of vengeance”

It takes one to know one. Except my vengeance is higher than yours….nah-nah-nah-nah

Brian

Brian,
I found this to be a great example of how to turn almost anything into a coaching conversation.
If you have time could you give a couple of examples of how a client might “make them more object than subject and regulate their use”?
Thanks,

John

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