Many people hold an oversimplified idea about what leadership means. Some think it’s just a matter of guiding others to complete a task. Others confuse it with motivation. In truth, leadership is a complex blend of competencies and capabilities. It means communicating and empathizing, directing and modeling, teaching and mentoring—and, above all, trusting and serving.
There are a few qualities, though, that can kill even strong leadership. Here are few of the deadliest…
- Not listening
- Poor communication
Most of us do struggle with one or more of these things. Stop and think about your own leadership at home, at work, or in life in general. Do you struggle with any of these things? If so, begin by first taking responsibility for leading yourself by having the humility to get feedback from people you trust. Then as you begin making improvements, take note of how much better you become in connecting with your followers. Why not bring more purpose and joy to yourself and those that you influence?