Sometimes negativity can bind a team together to cause positive action, but for the most part, negative leadership traits are more characteristic of a bad leader more than anything else. To be a great leader, one that people remember and are inspired by in the future, it becomes essential to identify the negative traits that can creep up in any leadership style.
It all begins with the vision that a leader happens to have. If there is no vision, then there is no leadership! Most leaders do have some kind of vision, but it is more like their own tunnel vision instead of ideas that align with the organization. Develop a consistent vision and you’ll be able to create a consistent team.
#1. There Is No Personal Leadership
If a leader is unable to lead themselves, then there is no way for them to lead others. It isn’t just unethical behavior that is problematic in most instances. Something as simple as consistently poor eating habits, drug abuse, and other places of personal harm can all cause negative leadership to arise.
#2. There Is No Success
Success can be defined in a lot of ways and let’s face it – no one bats 1.000. Negative leaders won’t find any success, however, no matter how bright the indicators are for the future. This happens because they thrive in eliminating success from the equation. Identify this in your leadership skills and quickly eliminate it if you wish to stay in a leadership role.
#3. There Is No Collaboration
Negative leaders believe that they know everything. Not only is there zero desire to increase their own knowledge, but there is no need to collaborate in their mind because they already have the answers! A team cannot grow without curiosity, which means a team cannot grow when there is a negative leader holding the reigns.
#4. There Is No Team Identity
Negative leaders believe in one thing: themselves. Ironically they often see themselves as the only positive influence on a team or in the entire organization! When in a leadership role, the negative leader believes that everything is about them. Instead of checking their ego at the door, they give their ego a chair right next to them at the office.
#5. There Is No Focus
If a team doesn’t have a focus, then there is a negative leader at the helm. Good leaders are ruthless in their pursuit of the small details that can create enormous success. Without any discipline in place, even great leaders can be spread too thin and end up losing their focus. Try to stay aligned with expectations and you’ll have better experiences in a leadership position.
#6. There Is Too Much Comfort
Being comfortable in a moment of success is absolutely fine. It is well deserved! When that comfort begins to extend past a few days into a few years is when trouble begins to happen. Once a goal is met, another goal is set. Negative leadership traits won’t allow that to happen.
#7. There Is No Accountability
Leaders are supposed to be accountable to their team. If they are accountable to people, then they will eventually become held accountable by that team. Negative leaders want no part of this whatsoever.