While it’s important to identify and encourage good leadership, it’s equally important to identify bad leadership. How well a leader does can make or break your organization because a failed leader is a failed organization. These are the people who are meant to steer the metaphorical ship to success, and if they can’t do that, then your goal will never be reached, leaving you to either stagnate or sink entirely. 

 

Luckily, there are signs that hint at whether or not someone is the right person for a leadership position. Keeping an eye out for them could help you prevent disaster before it begins.

 

They fail to communicate.

 

This is a big one. Communication is key if you want to run anything effectively, and those who don’t communicate their thoughts and ideas with others are doomed to do poorly in their position. An open line of communication will help make sure everyone is on the same page as one another, which will let ideas flow more fluidly across multiple mediums. Proper communication also includes actively listening to others when they’re speaking, so knowing when to speak up and when to let others be heard is a must.

 

Things have to be done their way or not at all.

 

Taking all the credit for something good and placing all the blame on your team members is a huge negative. The goal is to be someone that your team members will look up to, trust, have confidence in, and be loyal to, and saddling them with the negative criticism or false faults is not a way to build all of that. Letting ego or pride get in the way of leading your team is also something that shouldn’t be done. Rather, leaders are the people who will take the blame instead of pushing it off to someone else, and give credit where credit is due. 

 

They don’t pay attention to the consumer.

 

If you don’t pay attention to your consumer base, your organization will ultimately fail. Successful leaders focus on obtaining and retaining customers through excellent customer service and experience, which in turn can lead to a loyal, satisfied customer. The best leaders keep their consumer base in mind while innovating and planning for the future of their organization, while unsuccessful leaders ignore or mistreat their customers instead.