Posted 25 May 2009 by Chris Farmer
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Common causes of failure in leadership
Good leaders and managers constantly improve their abilities in specific areas: Particularly in communication, planning and motivational skills.
They do this in order to get the best from themselves and others.
Poor leaders, by neglect, fail to develop their skills.
As a consequence they pay a heavy price.
Below are the six common causes of failure.
Read them through and ensure that none of them apply to you
1. Lack of clear goals
Good Leadership means setting a worthwhile goal.
Failure will result if the leader:
1. allows the goal to be forgotten or
2. fails to inspire belief and commitment in the goal
To be a good leader- set clear and realistic goal
2. Poor language skills
The inability to clearly explain oneself and ones ideas will cause the leader to fail.
Ambiguous language can be misinterpreted. This will cause confusion and therefore poor results.
Too many people are lazy with language so mis understandings are common.
If you are a leader or manager; train yourself to be a more accurate speaker.
3. Indecision and uncertainty
The unwillingness to make decisions in key moments will cause failure.
Indecision is often caused by:
- Fear of making the wrong decision
- Unwillingness to make a decision with only incomplete knowledge. (complete knowledge is impossible)
So, instead of making a decision, the person dithers.
Dithering causes frustration and confusion in the ranks.
The leader loses credibility and respect.
Learn to make decisions based on the best available evidence and intelligent reasoning.
4. The inability to handle criticism
All leaders must face criticism.
Many cannot take criticism
So they either:
- Become angry and lose their cool
- Lose confidence and change the decision
In leadership: Criticism should be handled according to the principles of reason.
The three key steps are:
- Criticism should be analysed for any truth.
- If the criticism is found to contain truth, it should be accepted and acted upon.
- If the criticism is deemed to be false, it should be ignored.
Learn to analyse criticism for any truth
5. Failure to give constructive criticism - The habit of using destructive criticism.
Destructive criticism is criticism that is:
- And does not suggest a specific corrective action
It has the effect of causing the receiver to:
- Lose confidence
- Feel resentment
- Disengage from the leader
Leaders should avoid destructive criticism and Learn how to give constructive criticism.
Constructive criticism is criticism that is:
- Non emotionalised
- And does suggest a specific corrective action
It has the effect of causing the receivers to:
- Keep their confidence
- Feel as if they have been helped
- Engage with the leader
Learn how to give constructive criticism
6. Too much- or Lack of- self confidence
Many people lack self confidence.
They are filled with too many self doubts.
They cannot inspire themselves or others into action.
Self doubt and lack of confidence will cause a leader to fail.
Neither must a leader be over confident.
This will cause him-her to overlook the facts that limit the possible action.
Failure to identify limitations will create errors in the plan.
The proper amount of confidence is based upon
1. A recognition of the facts
2. Intelligent use of knowledge
3. Creative imagination
4. A well thought out plan
Will provide the correct level of confidence.
Develop the correct amount of self confidence
Good leaders and managers try to improve their abilities in these six specific areas:
You want to be a good leader and manager
Avoid the errors.
Develop your skills.
To be a good leader
- Set clear and realistic goals
- Be an accurate speaker
- Make decisions based on the best available evidence and intelligent reasoning
- Analyse criticism for any truth
- Give constructive criticism
- Develop the correct amount of self confidence
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