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7 Leadership Traits to Avoid at All Costs

By Joel Garfinkle

Robert Greenleaf once said, “The only test of leadership is that somebody follows.” Failing to lead a team will result in organizational mediocrity. In fact, almost 77% of American workers are currently dissatisfied in their work. A business leadership and motivation training course teaches leaders how to inspire their employees. This creates staff members who are more productive, results in a lower turnover rate, and promotes a happier environment inside of the organization.

Traits of Poor Leadership

Here are seven traits that poor leaders often possess:

  • Failing to be aware of and acknowledge the needs of coworkers.
  • Reflecting an arrogant and aloof demeanor.
  • Betraying trust by disclosing confidential information.
  • Being ruled by their ambitions.
  • Not knowing how to delegate effectively.
  • Deficiency in staffing.
  • Failing to use effective strategies to achieve goals.

Understanding Leadership and Employee Motivation

Employees need to feel like they are getting something in return for their service. These are considered motivators. They may be different for each staff member. They may also change over time. A business leadership and motivation training course teaches managers how to recognize these needs, but you don’t have to wait to get started. Here are five ways to excel as a leader right now:

  • Make sure your employees’ needs are met: Pay attention to your employees’ needs. Most people don’t work just because they want to; they work because have a specific need that must be met.
  • Find out what motivates your employees: Intrinsic factors do matter to most employees. Achievement, recognition, challenge, and the opportunity for advancement are effective motivators.
  • Set reasonable goals: Providing a sense of equity when goal setting. Above all, be fair. The reward should be equivalent to the difficulty of the task. Goals should be demanding but achievable, with a clearly defined and singular objective.
  • Lead by example: Good leaders must know that they will be required to sacrifice for the benefit of the organization and the employees. By doing so, they also teach their employees that there will be times in which they have to compromise for the benefit of others.
  • Have faith: Trusting employees to do a good job is not an easy thing. Many leaders fall victim to the need to control how a task is performed. Set attainable goals, delegate responsibility, and then step out of the way.

Motivational speakers can help organizations banish outdated, ineffective leadership styles like authoritarian leadership that doesn’t give people the coaching they need. An effective speaker can help male leaders nurture their employees’ growth even if they haven’t yet found mentors who model that quality, for example. Likewise, a good speaker will show women how to leverage their natural talents to become strong leaders.

Copyright © 2012 Joel Garfinkle, All Rights Reserved. Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, including Google, Deloitte, Amazon, Ritz-Carlton, Gap, Cisco, Oracle, and many more. Subscribe to his Fulfillment at Work Newsletter and receive the FREE e-book, "41 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now!"

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