|Incompetent leaders ruin the organization|
For most companies or organizations, you enter leadership simply by being good at whatever it is you do or having the right connections. I'm going to go out on a limb and say most would be good or great leaders are among the follower ranks. It seem that it's always the loud extroverts who know how to "BS" upper management that get the promotions over the quiet introverts who actually know how get the job done and positively influence people.
What exactly is bad leadership? Many times what we perceive as bad leadership is a matter of personality differences, differences in leadership preferences and many of us just unaccepting of leadership change.
If we're honest, there are no ideal leaders. Even what we perceive as great leaders have their faults. But despite their faults, we agree that most good leaders are fair. Whether we like their decision or not.
Here are a few problems we have with bad leaders:
- Unable to make tough decisions
- Choose not to punish those who do not perform
- Inability to help followers when help is needed
- Shuffle work on others because of others who didn't do their work
- Choose not to listen to other ideas
- Talk down to workers
- Don't recognize the workers who do perform
- Do your job to the best of your ability
- Find a common ground where you and your leader(s) can agree if possible
- Have a one-on-one talk about you and your bosses working relationship (Don't expect anything going to change overnight. People rarely if every change)
- Try to be part of the solution
- Find ways to benefit the team
- Pick up the slack where leadership fall
- Try to find out what you're supposed to learn from the experience
- Look for opportunites to help the team or organization