I have failed.
Not to long ago I had a very difficult conversation with a talented supervisor in my business, explaining to him the reasons why we have to downsize our business and his job was one of the jobs we have to cut. We made some mistakes in our decisions, which turned out to cost our business dearly. I have failed not only myself, but my management team and employees.
As I looked into his eyes, I sincerely wished I could be anywhere but there. The burden of leadership weighed heavy on me. It made me ask serious questions about myself and my leadership ability.
The burden of leadership is always heaviest when you have to communicate the tough messages.
Hindsight is the perfect science, but if you had an early warning system to let you know when your leadership might be in danger of failing, wouldn’t you use it?
The presentation highlights 9 warning signs your leadership might be failing. This is not an exhaustive or definitive list, but none the less important aspects to keep in mind when leading your business and its people.
I would like to get your feedback on the slideshow and any other warning signs leaders must look out for to ensure they are successful. Let me know in the comments.
Signs Your Leadership Might be Failing
- Warning Sign 1: Faking
- Warning Sign 2: Poor Attitude
- Warning Sign 3: Lack of Integrity
- Warning Sign 4: Lack of Skill
- Warning Sign 5: Shift in Focus
- Warning Sign 6: Poor Communication
- Warning Sign 7: Avoiding Risk at All Cost
- Warning Sign 8: Poor Self Management
- Warning Sign 9: Lost Love
These warning signs are like the yellow light on a traffic light. You could try and ignore it and just “drive” through, but eventually your timing will be out and you will skip a red light, disastrous consequences. Take heed of the yellow light and don’t wait for it to become red. You might just avoid difficult conversations with good people.