7 Habits Of Highly Ineffective Leaders

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Everyone has had a horrible boss. There are times that you might feel like one of those hated bosses.

Here is a list of 7 habits that all ineffective leaders share to make sure you’re avoiding them.

  1. Sanctify yourself.
    The first thought of some leaders is that if you are seen as an equal, then you cannot effectively lead the team. Every leader has a different method for setting themselves apart. Change your gait to that of a military commander. Tilt your head slightly up at all times so you look down your nose at others. Most importantly, create for yourself a sanctuary that is undoubtedly your domain, your kingdom. This is a certain way to alienate your team.

  2. Create an environment of fear.
    Your underlings must always be in fear of losing their job. If they seem to be comfortable at work, they will feel the same as they do at play. When you are on your free time, you are free. If you have feelings of fun and excitement at work, you can’t take your job seriously. Balancing freedom and constraint is an impossibility, in the minds of leaders. Leadership is, in short, preying on the tiniest bit of self doubt that lies in all of us.

  3. Communicate with absolute finality.
    In all dealings with underlings, be sure to dictate terms as if they are written in stone and handed down from the very hand of God himself. Do not leave wiggle room. The use of words like “immediately” and “absolutely” are crucial. “Crucial” is not a strong enough word. A better word is “imperative.” All communication should leave absolutely no grey area for employees.

  4. Make decisions based on emotion or feeling.
    If you have a personal conflict or disagreement with an employee, increase your demands on them. They should have to pay for their personal beliefs and theories. Never consider the impact this could have on the entire staff, but rather make sure that they learn a lesson and submit to authority. There is no room, in leadership, for disagreement.

  5. Create meaningless work for employees.
    What good is having a work force to control and manipulate if you can’t have them do work that means nothing? Having meaningless, recursive work for employees helps reinforce all of these principles.

  6. Blame your wrong choices on circumstance or third parties.
    When something does go wrong, it’s always best to find another person responsible. If you take a cue from the corporate world you’ll see, that’s why you hire consultants. There is no limit to the amount of stakeholders, therefore, there is no limit to the number of scapegoats. The best way for a leader to avoid any blame is to point at someone else.

  7. Never admit you are wrong.
    Eventually, you will realise that you make mistakes. It is imperative that you do not admit that the mistake was yours. If people start to think that you make mistakes, the entire plan will unravel. People must think of you as a god of sorts.

If you follow each of these principles religiously, you will be deemed a highly ineffective leader. There is no limit to the number of people you could mislead.