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Reasons Leaders Fail, Plus ONE?

Posted on: June 11, 2018

Top 12 reasons leaders fail:

  1. Neglecting culture. Culture building is job-one for all leaders.
  2. Lack of paranoia. The paranoid think about what could go wrong and make contingency plans.
  3. Bitterness, grudges, and resentment. People fail. Successful leaders allow fresh starts.
  4. Task rather than people focus.
  5. Accepting complexity.
  6. Lack of political awareness. Successful leaders build relationships with powerful players.
  7. Failure to sell successes and accomplishments with humility. If the right people don’t know your value, you aren’t valuable.
  8. Trusting the untested. Talent without a track record is dangerous.
  9. Fearing great talent.
  10. Postponing tough conversations.
  11. People pleasing.
  12. Refusing to adapt. Adaptability is the greatest ability.

Bottom 20 reasons leaders fail:

  1. Stagnant pool of friends. Keep your current friends and develop new.
  2. Disconnecting with others due to the blindness of power.
  3. Failure to build strong teamwork.
  4. Neglecting to develop skills, both theirs and those of others.
  5. Needing to outshine others rather than letting others shine.
  6. Confusing leadership with management.
  7. Cowardice. It takes courage to lead. If you don’t think so, you haven’t led.
  8. Brown nosing those above and neglecting those below.
  9. Too much doing and not enough helping others do.
  10. Withdrawal.
  11. Over-promising.
  12. Fence sitting.
  13. Lack of clarity.
  14. Lack of follow through.
  15. Favoritism.
  16. Blaming.
  17. Rejecting uncomfortable ideas.
  18. Excluding themselves from expectations others must meet.
  19. Lack of alignment with board members and organizational values.
  20. Relying on authority.

Bonus material: “Ten Reasons Leaders Fail, Plus ONE” – Based on a conversation with the CEO of Circuit City.

What’s at the top of your list of reasons leaders fail?

What should be added to the complete list of reasons leaders fail?

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