Why would a weak employee be attracted to a weak leader? It’s really quite simple.
When an employee does not feel good about themselves, when they have low levels of self esteem or self worth, when they are not challenging themselves to pursue what they are capable of accomplishing, they are attracted to weak leaders because they know they won’t be confronted with doing so.
This morning I created a list of the ten indicators of weak leadership. I’m going to share them with you quickly because I want you to see and digest all ten indicators quickly. Here they are:
#1. Micromanaging. If you think about it, micromanagement is defined as telling someone “how” to do things without allowing the person to think and be creative for themselves. Micromanagement is a tell-tale sign that weak leadership is present.
#2. Setting unclear expectations. If unclear expectations are present, people cannot produce the highest results because the expectation is unclear. If you don’t know what road or destination you’re traveling towards you’ll never get there.
#3. You don’t hold people accountable. A weak leader will not hold people accountable because they are afraid or uncomfortable with having difficult conversations. This means number four shows up.
#4. Weak leaders accept underperformance. Underperformance is always married with a lack of difficult conversations, not holding people accountable and unclear expectations.
#5. Weak leaders play not to lose versus playing to win. Playing not to lose is synonymous with playing defensively and playing things safe. This type of thinking neglects to envision the extraordinary product or service offering which means customers suffer.
#6. Weak leaders have too many priorities. Weak leaders have thirteen priorities as opposed to the performance enhancing three to five. They also have a calendar filled with back to back meetings and no white space. The week leaders proclivity is to go from meeting to meeting to meeting. Doing so precludes you from ever doing your best work.
#7. Weak leaders focus on activities versus results. Weak leaders believe they are successful because they engaged in three activities as opposed to focusing on the result of their three activities. Successful leaders are much more concerned with results as opposed to activities.
#8. Weak leaders provide low levels of praise and recognition. Weak leaders don’t recognize other people. Weak leaders take credit for other people’s work and lack a sense of generosity. They are oftentimes more interested in themselves as opposed to others.
#9. Weak leaders are negative. Weak leaders have a negative mindset. Their most common admonition is “we’re not able to do that”, or “we shouldn’t try that because we’ve tried in the past and been unsuccessful.” Their leadership narrative is rooted in negativity and ‘can-not’ as opposed to ‘yes, we can.’
#10. Weak leaders don’t invest in themselves or others. There is a clear and direct connection between the amount of time, energy and money leaders invest in themselves and others. The connection is that you will be more successful. Investing in becoming a more successful leader, a more successful executive, a more successful entrepreneur, whatever it may be, when you invest in yourself it sends a clear message to all of those around you that an investment in getting better is important.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you are doing any of these ten things I have one recommendation: Stop It! If you are a leader, executive or entrepreneur and you see anyone in your organization doing the above ten items you must nip it in the bud immediately. Why? Because these ten indicators will absolutely erode your performance.