You have come across toxic leaders. You wonder if they must do it to retain their position and you fear that you might turn into one someday. No, it is not necessary for anyone to be toxic. In this article at Leadership Freak, Dan Rockwell reveals 3 common traits of toxic leaders and how you can avoid acquiring them.
Toxic Leaders: Tips to Avoid Being One of Them
Incompetent leaders blame others for their failures and make excuses to hide their incompetence. Following are the traits they possess and the steps to avoid them:
Unable to See Their Own Shortcomings: They simply turn a blind eye to their weaknesses. There is a lot to learn and being a leader does not mean you are done learning. The more you learn, the more you discover how much is left to learn. If you do not want to become one of the toxic leaders, rectify your shortcomings from the feedback you receive. Regularly take some time out to learn something about yourself and share your insights with the team. When in doubt, always ask.
Feeling Insecure When Others Shine: Toxic leaders do not want anybody else to get more limelight than themselves. They take credit for their team’s efforts or make others’ hard work trivial. They cannot handle challenges well and turn defensive if it is their fault. To be a role model to your teammates, appreciate them regularly for their hard-earned achievements. Identify your weaknesses and seek help from the team to improve them.
Problems Are the Main Agenda: These leaders thrive on problems. They are reactive to those problems instead of seeing opportunities to grow. Find out how many times you brought problems to the table and when you have empowered the team with a solution.
To view the original article in full, visit the following: https://leadershipfreak.blog/2019/09/06/toxic-leaders-the-toxic-trinity-that-takes-leaders-down/