What’s the opposite of a LOVING LEADER?
Former CEO Terry St. Marie cites the following 15 traits of those who command and control others to perform vs. engaging and encouraging others toward continuous improvement (like a loving leader). In his blog More Human Leadership, St. Marie notes The Bossman:
- Sees black and white and never any grey.
- Likes to tell instead of teach.
- Likes being on the pedestal – above the fray.
- Gets lost in the details.
- Rules by fear.
- Displays great hubris.
- Likes to talk. Hates to listen.
- Wants to dictate not trust.
- Outlines the what and forgets the why.
- Thinks first about profits.
- Gets lost in the process.
- Is a disabler.
- Criticizes harshly.
- Manages to an end not a cause.
- Demotivates with impassiveness.
Let’s face it: all of us are guilty of those traits at times.
However the most effective leaders are committed to a sense of continuous improvement in leading themselves and others more authentically and ultimately more productively and profitably.
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