What Great Leaders Don’t Do

I know this is a departure from my usual humor, but I thinks it’s important. Not long ago, I read an article by Jim Alampi, CEO of Alampi & Associates. He wrote about what great leaders don’t do. He listed:

  1. Not getting involved in the nitty-gritty of their companies.
  2. Not deferring decisions while waiting for the perfect answer or consensus.
  3. Not making all the decisions at all levels.
  4. Not attending a lot of meeting.
  5. Not limiting communications.

I agree with Alampi’s comments, but I can think of many more things good leaders do not do: For example, good leaders do not:

  1. Have affairs with employees. Elicited affairs have destroyed many companies and organizations.
  2. Ignore the law. This includes many things like stealing company funds, lying to employees or stockholders, taking or offering kickbacks, and ignoring health and safety concerns about products or services.
  3. Give themselves and others large bonuses for poor performance. Often, these are built into their contracts, but I think that’s a mistake. I include the “Golden Parachutes” as part of this error.
  4. Come up with a great plan and then depart before it can be implemented, leaving the execution to others. Of course, when the plan fails, the bad leaders blame the execution by others.
  5. Blame others when things go wrong. Good leaders accept responsibility for their leadership. Leaders can delegate authority but not their responsibility.

I discuss many of these subjects in my e-book, Leadership for New Managers: Book Two, http://smashwords.com/books/view/30009

For e-books by me, visit http://smashwords.com/profile/view/monteranderson. Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/monteranderson Follow my blog at http://monteranderson-author.com or https://monteranderson.wordpress.com.

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