Becoming a better leader is something that can help a whole company prosper. But having bad leaders can derail an entire group. Find out if you're one of the five types of leaders who derail (and ways to correct that).
LEADERS OFTEN LOSE THEIR WAY
WHEN THEY GET CAUGHT UP IN THEIR OWN SUCCESS, FAIL TO STAY GROUNDED, REJECT HONEST CRITICISM, OR HAVE A FEAR OF FAILURE.
THERE ARE FIVE TYPES OF
LEADERS WHO SUFFER MOST FROM THESE SHORTCOMINGS. Imposters Rationalizers Glory Seekers Loners Shooting Stars
1. IMPOSTERS They are the
ultimate political animals, adept at figuring out who their competitors are and then eliminating them one by one. They have little appetite for self-reflection or developing self-awareness. LACK SELF-AWARENESS AND SELF-ESTEEM
2. RATIONALIZERS When things don’t
go their way, they blame external forces or subordinates. As they advance and face greater challenges, they transmit pressure to their subordinates instead of modulating it. DEVIATE FROM THEIR VALUES
3. GLORY SEEKERS Money, fame,
and power are their goals. Often it seems more important to appear on lists of the most powerful business leaders than it does to build organizations of lasting value. MOTIVATED BY SEEKING THE WORLD’S ACCLAIM
GLORY SEEKERS’ EXTREME FOCUS ON
WINNING CAN CONTRIBUTE TO COMPETITIVE SUCCESS, BUT IT CAN ALSO UNDERMINE CHARACTER. TRUSTED COLLEAGUES EMPOWER OTHERS TO SUCCEED.
4. LONERS They avoid close
relationships, mentors, or support networks. Not to be confused with introverts, Loners often have a myriad of superficial friends and acolytes but do not actually listen to them. FAIL TO BUILD PERSONAL SUPPORT STRUCTURES
5. SHOOTING STARS The lives
of Shooting Stars center entirely on their careers. They move up so rapidly in their careers that they never have time to learn from their mistakes. LACK THE GROUNDING OF AN INTEGRATED LIFE
SHOOTING STARS NEED TO BECOME
MORE AWARE OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR PRIORITIES. THEY NEED TO INVEST TIME WISELY AND BE WILLING TO LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES, NOT RUN FROM THEM BY CHANGING JOBS OR CLIMBING THE CORPORATE LADDER.
ALL FIVE ARCHETYPAL LEADERS—IMPOSTERS, RATIONALIZERS,
GLORY SEEKERS, LONERS, AND SHOOTING STARS—FRAME THEIR LIFE STORIES IN THE MODEL OF AN ALL-CONQUERING HERO. Yet, this outlook utterly fails precisely because being a hero is not empowering to teammates or subordinates.
THE ROLE OF A LEADER
IS NOT TO GET OTHERS TO FOLLOW BUT TO EMPOWER OTHERS TO LEAD. Leaders cannot elicit the best performance from their teams if they are in the game primarily for themselves.