19 November 2013


Ten sure-fire ways to become a weak leader:

1. Weak leaders are blind to the current situation. They
solve the
wrong problems in the wrong way.

Good leaders understand what is happening. They size up the
situation, put themselves in the right position to respond,
and then act at the proper time.

2. Weak leaders discourage others. They find fault and
blame. They
criticize when things don't go right.

Good leaders encourage. They give credit when things go
well and take
responsibility when they don't go well.

Alabama football coach "Bear" Bryant was once asked how he
his players. He responded, "Well, I'm just an old plow hand
Arkansas, but I've learned a few things about getting
people to do
what you want them to do. When things go wrong, I did it.
When things
go semi-good, we did it. And when things go good, you did
it. That's
all it takes to hold a team together and win football

3. Weak leaders know it all. They already have the answers.

Good leaders keep learning. A cross-discipline study of
indicated that effective leaders in all fields are always
They constantly improve their skills. The best leaders are
learners. Unlike weak leaders, they know that a spurt here
and a
spurt there does not  make one an expert!

4. Weak leaders never rock the boat. They won't make
decisions for fear of failing. They prefer to keep things
as they
are, even if the system is not working all that well. Weak
will almost always follow the well-worn path.

Good leaders, however, will often go where there is no path
and leave
a trail. They are sure of their direction and they act

5. Weak leaders keep others in their place. They remind
them who is

Good leaders know that authority is more earned than

A young Army officer found that he did not have the correct
for a soft drink vending machine. Noticing a subordinate
nearby, he
said, "Private, do you have change for a dollar?"

Cheerfully, the man said, "I think so - let me look."

"That is no way to address your superior, soldier!" scolded
officer. "Now, let's try it again. Private, do you have
change for a

The soldier snapped to attention, saluted and said, "NO,

6. Weak leaders do all of the work themselves. They
delegate poorly.
They micro-manage and control.

Good leaders identify the gifts, strengths and limitations
of those
they lead. They assign, train, encourage and then get out
of the way.

7. Weak leaders sabotage the successes of others. When
those below
them succeed, they feel threatened.

Good leaders, on the other hand, help their subordinates
success. They give a hand up. They realize that when one is
to another's shoulders, both stand taller.

8. Weak leaders ask others do what they are not willing to
themselves, and try to get others to go places they have
not been.

Good leaders always lead by example.

9. Weak leaders motivate by force. They cajole, intimidate,
and issue ultimatums.

Good leaders know that motivation by force destroys morale.
understand that people respond best to positive incentive.
They know
that people who believe in themselves will do more work and

10. Finally, weak leaders do not listen to those they lead.
minds are already made up and they charge recklessly ahead.

Good leaders listen and learn. U.S. Secretary of State Dean
Rusk once
said, "One of the best ways to  persuade others is with you
ears --
by listening to them." Good salespeople know this. Good
know this. Good leaders know this.

There you have it: ten characteristics of weak leaders.
Avoid all ten
of these leadership blunders and you can become a GREAT
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

1 comment:

Lee Xun said...

Awesome lesson learnt!