Bad leadership habits aren’t just based on personality flaws – discover how to avoid establishing negative patterns.

Marc Steinberg, Chief Executive Visionary of Consciousness Coaching, says that if not addressed effectively, the consequence of bad leadership will ultimately mean the failure of your company. “Staff will get alienated and won’t go the extra mile, retention increases, and your company’s reputation suffers. A business is its people. People today have far more choices than 30 years ago. The pay cheque at the end of the month is not the root of loyalty anymore.”

Bad leadership habits
Steinberg says that you should avoid the following at all costs when leading the people in your company:

Not walking the talk. Staff are increasingly sensible when it comes to the integrity of a leader. Leaders today are no longer getting away with speaking X, thinking Y and doing Z. People resist leaders who don’t demonstrate integrity. The leaders of today and tomorrow will get their people behind them only by showing these four core characteristics: integrity, honesty, sincerity and authenticity.

Incomplete communication. Needing to get back to the sender because the communication received was not clear or not complete is always a potential cause for annoyance. Effective communication avoids ‘meaning’ and stays away from assumptions. Every assumption needs to get replaced by a question. Meaning mustn’t be withheld or assumed but put into simple words and communicated. Then, the recipient gets the communication and doesn’t merely hear it.

Authoritarian communication. Today’s leadership style has to demonstrate genuine partnership. Although the job description of the leader differs substantially from the subordinates, they have to engage and relate from a partnership attitude and not a boss attitude. The latter only provokes resistance; and resistance leads to damages sooner or later.

How to avoid leading negatively
Steinberg suggests that you:
Take courses that give you full awareness over the subject and train yourself in developing new behaviours that match and show the new and required values that you wish to express.
– Practise this new behaviour in every aspect of your life – not only at the workplace or in the spotlight, but also at home and when you’re alone.

This aticle was compiled by Sonja Raath and published on 10 December 2010 on and edited by us.

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