Leadership flaws that damage an organization

September 12, 2015       The NonProfit Times      

Being the leader can allow more room for making mistakes. But, too many mistakes, that are too big, made too often can prove to be disastrous to the individual leader or the organization or both.

In his book “Seven Disciplines of a Leader” Jeff Wolf noted that it is not a good strategy to try to protect oneself from making mistakes or being wrong. People are imperfect, even leaders. Wolf cites the leadership flaws that have been identified by consultant Loretta Malandro. Here are a few of them:

Engaging in either/or thinking;

Ignoring evidence that challenges or disproves beliefs;

Confusing perceptions and assumptions with truth;

Listening automatically (distorting what is heard to fit an agenda);

Playing the victim and refusing to accept responsibility or accountability;

Being insensitive to the needs of those around the leader;

Diminishing others’ viewpoints or opinions;

Placing blame on others when convenient;

Treating commitments casually;

Sabotaging others in order to look good;

Refusing to budge from a position that has no evidence to back it up; and,

Being terrified of being wrong.