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:
- Not getting involved in the nitty-gritty of their companies.
- Not deferring decisions while waiting for the perfect answer or consensus.
- Not making all the decisions at all levels.
- Not attending a lot of meeting.
- 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:
- Have affairs with employees. Elicited affairs have destroyed many companies and organizations.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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