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Seven Habits of Highly Unsuccessful Leaders

Posted Posted by jenny on September 25th, 2014 in Articles     Comments No comments
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I strongly encourage you to read Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It is an excellent book that I have read several times. These are the 7 habits Covey mentions:



  1. Be proactive.
  2. Begin with the end in mind.
  3. Put first things first.
  4. Think win/win.
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
  6. Synergize.
  7. Sharpen the saw.

Habits are important and this is a great list to consider. Studies show that habits control 95% of our behavior. What about the habits of UNSUCCESSFUL leaders?

7 Habits of Unsuccessful Leaders

  1. They see themselves as indispensable. The root issue is pride. They are the center of the universe in their mind, the illusion of personal preeminence. While they see themselves as indispensable, they treat others as if they are very dispensable.

This could be you if:

  • You do not like to delegate.
  • You seldom take time off.

Negative impact:

  • Control takes precedence over growth.
  • You won’t be able to keep quality team members.
  1. They identify with the organization so completely that there is not clear boundary between their personal interest and the organization’s interest.  They tend to do things that make sense for them personally but not for the organization.

This could be you if:

  • You have a very long tenure.
  • You are the founder of the organization.
  • Multiple family members work in the organization.

Negative impact:

  • Credibility
  • Trust
  1. They think they have all the answers. They do not have a teachable spirit. Typically leaders with “all the answers” trust no one.

This could be you if:

  • You are defensive when confronted.
  • The culture of the organization is not collaboration.

Negative impact:

  • Silos are the norm.
  • You have blind spots.

Part 2 will be coming soon; but until then, become more self-aware. Ask your spouse, work associate, or a close friend to review these 3 habits in your life and receive feedback.

The Entitled Leader

Posted Posted by jenny on September 13th, 2014 in Articles     Comments No comments

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Some leaders think their position comes with certain rights, such as:

  • Do what I say because I am the boss

  • The rules do not apply to me

  • Take credit for success but blame others for failures.

When working with an “Entitled Leader,” I learned what not to do. Let me suggest ideas to combat the Entitled Leader.

  1. Get to know the leader before you decide to work for them.

  • What do they say about their team members?

  • Are they respectful of others?

  • Do they spend most of the time talking about themselves?

  1. Model “Servant” Leadership

  • Serve your team

  • Value people

  • Be the most accountable

  • Engage and develop people

“The secret of great leaders is that they serve.” Ken Blanchard


If you want to be a better servant—DON’T:

  • Arrive late for meetings

  • Do things last minute that cause pressure on someone else.

  • Belittle someone in conversation or action.

  • Take credit for what others do.

  • Be the person known as “he never gets back with people.”

The “Entitled” Leader thinks it is their right to lead. The “Servant” Leader considers it an honor to lead.

The greater the servant you become, the more leadership you will be given.


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