Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right Podcast, Episode 49: Top 10 Causes of Leadership Failure. Every day is a gift so I hope you are doing well and enjoying life wherever it is that you are listening to this episode!
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Top 10 Causes of Leadership Failure
Alright, leaders and businesses fail due to a number of reasons, but there are some common contributing factors. Today, I am going to share the Top 10 Causes of Leadership Failure that I gathered from fellow leaders, friends, credible leadership websites, and my own experiences.
10. Talk More Than Listen
At number 10, leadership fails when leaders talk more than they listen. Have you ever been around someone that talked and talked and talked some more? That person seems to have a story for every situation, experience, or background that is discussed, AND they tell everyone what they know and how they feel about everything.
At first this starts out as a small annoyance, but it can eventually become a big frustration. When leaders talk more than they listen, their followers often disconnect from them and become less responsive to their recommendations.
Additionally, when leaders don’t listen to others, they fail to learn what they don’t know. This creates blinds spots because they can’t learn what they don’t know.
9. Have All the Answers or They are a Know-It-All
Number nine, leaders fail when they have all the answers and are a know-it-all. Nobody wants to be around people that think they know everything. Know-it-alls seem to have an answer for everything and they are always right, even if they are not right. That know-it-all mentality is very annoying and even a put-off to those they lead.
I remember someone like that when I was in high school. I would tell him about everything I could think of that he shouldn’t know about, and he magically knew more than me about it. Even if it was something that was personal to me. That was super annoying! [Read more…] about Podcast Episode #49 — Top 10 Causes of Leadership Failure