10 symptoms of lousy leadership

Bad leaders don’t truly ‘love’ their people. They also tend to disregard company culture, ignore gender bias and fail to ask for feedback.

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However, there are many ways we make it harder than it should be. Here are 10 signs you’re on the path to poor leadership:

1. You don’t love your people.

I recently asked a manager I deeply respect for his secret to great leadership. His answer surprised me: “All I do is love my people.”

In this context, “love” means: “to contribute to someone’s long-term success and well-being.”

Is this sort of “love” still important and relevant to younger workers today? Of course it is. Employees, regardless of age or background, appreciate leaders who play an active role in their long-term success and well-being. That never changes.

2. You have time-consuming hobbies.

Taking five hours off on a workday to hit the links doesn’t send an ideal message to your team. I’m not saying you can’t have hobbies, or that you shouldn’t play golf, but your people watch everything you do. Don’t let your hobbies become a source of contempt or bitterness.

3. You don’t think culture matters that much.

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