I’ve had it with you! You’re through with the company. Pack your bags and get out of here!
Those words are hard to read. They’re harder to live through. Yet so many potential team members have heard words similar to those above.
They’ve been a part of a team with a bad leader. The leader wasn’t fair or good. The leader was plain bad.
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I’ve seen something like this first hand.
A customer called to complain a shipment wasn’t received. The owner called the shipping manager into his office. The owner began to berate the shipping manager.
Not only did he berate and belittle him, but he also did it in a manner the whole office could hear. Once he was done, he followed the shipping manager out to the floor, slamming doors along the way and shouting threats at him. Read more...
Take note, young leaders. This is a million dollar question. Especially if you’re able to get the answer.
New leaders need to be curious and intentional about discovering what makes a leader good.
Answering this one question will set you on the right path of leadership.
You may find that there are many answers to this question. And I think there are.
We’ve seen great leadership qualities in many different people. Astoningishly, leadership looks different this way.
Yet, I know there are qualities that make a good leader.
What Doesn’t Make A Good Leader?
Let’s first take a look at what doesn’t make a leader. This may clarify where we’re going.
Age doesn’t make a good leader: I love what Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12. Paul tells him to let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Read more...
It’s amazing to see the multitude of bad leaders out there. You will find bad leaders at retail stores, within large non-profit organizations, and within the family unit.
We can’t seem to escape poor leadership. It’s always there.
This saddens me. My heart breaks every time I hear someone talk about the leadership they’re under and how these leaders are clueless.
Do you know what I’m talking about here?
And this amazes me. Leadership requires fortitude, but this doesn’t mean you have to be an aggressive leader to lead well.
There are secrets that every good leader knows. Read more...
Recently I had a dream. This dream wasn’t crazy. It didn’t involve red aliens attacking from Mars.
Nah, nothing like that. Though that would have been one heck of a dream.
This dream had to do with a scorecard. A leadership scorecard. Actually, truth be told, there were 2.
The first scorecard looked something like this:
X Ignores team members
X Discards the needs of his team
X Shuns the input of his team
X Refuses to accept responsibilities for failures
X Has become complacent with his level of knowledge
X Hasn’t presented a new idea in ages
X Chooses the old ways over new paths
X Hires people who he believes knows less than he does
X Takes away any chance of organizational advancement
Now, the second scorecard looked quite different. The second scorecard looked like this: Read more...