10 surefire ways to fail as a leader

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If you want to fail as a leader, here are ten surefire ways. Any one might be enough but if you really want to turn your career into a smoking hole in the ground, you can do two or more of these toxic behaviors into a single, stinking mess.

  1. Reward ass-kissers.
  2. Punish truth tellers.
  3. Stay in your office and make people come to you.
  4. Put personal glory ahead of group success.
  5. Take the credit for any success.
  6. Blame others for any failures.
  7. Have all the answers.
  8. Don’t have any answers.
  9. Win every argument with others.
  10. Believe it’s all about you.

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Doyon Main   |   26 Mar 2015   |   Reply

Wally –

I hate it when you talk about my company’s managers that way.

But seriously, those behaviors are regretably widespread.

Not sure that triggered that, consider taking giving your self a break.

Wally Bock   |   26 Mar 2015   |   Reply

Thanks for adding to the conversation. As for taking a break. I’m always in favor of that.

Rachel   |   30 Apr 2015   |   Reply

This goes hand-n-hand but making sure you know who someone is when you are throwing them under the bus but not when it comes time to say “Thank You”

Wally Bock   |   30 Apr 2015   |   Reply

Thanks for adding to the conversation