6 Things You Should Stop Doing As A Leader

When you’re a leader, a lot is required of you.

You’re called upon to cast vision. You’re supposed to lead with unwavering conviction. You’re expected to do stuff.

But something that Peter Drucker once said struck me:

We spend a lot of time teaching our leaders what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching them what to stop.

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Isn’t that so true? We do a lot of teaching on the to-dos of leadership. We spend much less time instructing leaders on what to watch out for and what not to do.

So, let’s look at 6 things leaders need to stop doing.

6 Things You Should Stop Doing As A Leader

1. Leaders need to stop ignoring the concerns of their teams: Anyone who’s been on the front lines of an organization, that place where you’re dealing directly with the customer or you’re producing the product, knows there can be a disconnect between the leadership and what’s really happening on the floor. These team members are putting their blood, sweat, and tears into serving the organization.

5 Reasons No One Is Following You

Leaders can’t lead without followers. That seems like an obvious fact but so many people are missing this. They don’t realize no one is following them.

The other mystery is that those who do realize this conundrum don’t know why people aren’t following them.

you can't lead with no one following

You can see the problem there, can’t you? These so-called leaders are stuck doing things but they can’t get others to hop on-board.

Today, let’s look at some issues that cause leaders to lose, or never gain followers.

Why No On Is Following You

1. You don’t care: Yes, this is a big issue. And there’s 2 big areas where leaders fail here.

7 Things Leaders Do To Frustrate Their Team

After years of being in a leadership position, we can forget what it was like to be on a team with someone over us.

We forget the frustrations we felt when we thought the boss was being unfair. We no longer remember what it was like to be, as some call it, a peon.

Those days are gone. And that can cause trouble.

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We don’t mean to do this. But it happens.

Being away from “the action” can make us ignorant of what is happening where sales are being made, manual labor is happening, or even in church service.

That’s why I want to warn you of what you might be doing to frustrate your team.

What Bad Leaders Can Do To An Organization

Jim Collins in his book Good to Great shares that we need to get the right people in the right seats on the right bus. As leaders, we know this is crucial.

What we often forget is that we can place the wrong leaders in the wrong seats on the wrong bus and this creates more issues than having the wrong team members.

Bad leaders are dangerous

I recently came across a great quote and I don’t know who said it. The quote is

A bad leader can take a good staff and destroy it, causing the best employees to flee and the remainder to lose all motivation

Ouch, that stings. Especially for those of us in leadership.

There’s a huge responsibility that comes upon us as we accept the mantle of leadership. We are now in charge and we are responsible for what happens.

4 Actions You Can Take To Be Viewed As A Bad Leader

The first thought that pops into my head when I think of a bad leader is Michael Scott from The Office. I know he’s not necessarily a bad leader but his actions place him into that category.

Michael was always well meaning, or at least his character came across that way. However, everything he did left his employees feeling low and down.

His actions made his team view him as a bad leader.

Vacation at employees expense

Image by Ken Teegardin

Michael Scott isn’t the only bad leader out there in TV land. There’s plenty more. And their actions tell you they need help!

Sadly, we see too many people placed into leadership who follow in their footsteps. They make the same mistakes over and over again.

Let’s see what 4 actions will lead others to see you as a bad leader.