35 Reasons Why You’re Not a Good Leader – Part 1

You think you’re a good leader.  You have the position, the title and the power.  You’re the boss.  But your employees don’t work hard for you, they talk behind your back and morale is poor.  You don’t understand why.

Reasons Why You’re Not a Good Leader

Well, here’s why.


1.      Manage from your office

  • You can’t tell how your business is running by just looking at reports while sitting at your desk.  Get out of the office once and a while

2.      Resist change

  • Without trying something new, how will you ever get better?

3.      Delegate more responsibilities then you take on yourself

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  • They do more than others while still assisting those in need

4.      Manage by intimidation or threat

5.      Take credit for others’ work

  • Great leaders celebrate the good work of others, and not take credit for it

6.      Don’t allow for employee growth

  • Are you afraid of them leaving?  Stop being so selfish and holding your people back.  Let them learn another skill; give them an opportunity for promotion.  If not, they will leave anyway

7.      Jump to conclusions without the facts

  • That email you just got may not be completely true.  Find out what happened before you start the blame game

8.      Don’t give regular feedback

9.      Think your employees are lucky they work for you

  • There are plenty of other fish (bosses) in the sea.  And especially ones that are great leaders

10.  Fail to reward great performance

  • Don’t think your employees can’t use a little recognition every once and awhile.  Let them know how well they’ve done, each and every time

11.  Hold meetings just because you need to have a meeting

  • Such a time waster, especially when there isn’t a specific reason and goal for the meeting.  What about a quick 10 minute conference call instead?

12.  Are vague with your expectations

  • How will they know what you really want without an exact explanation and obtainable objectives?

13.  Expect more than possible

  • You must be realistic; there is a limit to how much work some people can do before performance and quality suffer.  Then what, will you question why their performance is off?

14.  Start a sentence with “you should have known that” or “why didn’t you…?”

  • Be positive at all times, even when doling out discipline

15.  Don’t train, retrain, and monitor performance

  • How do you expect your employees to improve?  Seems simple, no?

16.  Ask others to do things you don’t do yourself

  • If you don’t follow the rules, why should others? You must maintain the exact same standards that you expect from your employees

17.  Show favoritism.

  • The fastest way to kill morale, so stop doing it

So, do any of these reasons apply to you? 

Read Part 2 here

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14 thoughts on “35 Reasons Why You’re Not a Good Leader – Part 1

  1. So true! Toxic leaders – and work environments – seek control over their associates.

    • Hi Kevin,

      It’s so unfortunate that the real toxic leaders usually don’t realize how their actions effect those around them. Thanks for your comment and welcome to our team!

    • Yes Marvin, there must be a continual reinforcement of what works and what doesn’t, especially from the employee’s viewpoint. The “boss” doesn’t always have the right answers.

      Thanks for your comment and welcome to the team!

  2. I think when someone becomes a boss they have good intentions…however somewhere along the line when money is more important than standing up for your team or what got you there in the first place, we see these leaders turn into mindless creatures who don’t care and stand up for the employees who do make a difference or who are valuable. Maybe they were never a good leader to begin with?

    • Hi Liann,

      Not looking to gang-up on bad bosses, but you do touch on a great point. Money/profits do at times become the main driving force for those at the higher positions since revenue is the ultimate goal of any business.

      But when they lose track of service, employee morale and common courtesy they quickly fall into the category of a bad leader.

      Thanks for your comment and becoming part of our team! Hope you come back next Monday for Part 2

  3. A good list here Steve,

    All of those things are important for sure, I try and do them as well as I can.

    However I am a bad leader because I do not have enough patience for others, I used to when I was young, but not anymore sadly.

    • Hi PBScott,

      It’s funny, I have grown to have more patience over the years. Guess it’s the same as the once cranky grandma/grandpa who has mellowed with age. Doesn’t mean I don’t get ticked-off at the poor performers but I learned to work through it now.

      Give it some time, maybe you too will mellow. But you’re still a good leader, thanks.

  4. My favorite supervisor (worked with them for 7 years) never did these things. I now have a better understanding of their seemingly simple leadership skills. It wasn’t what they DID, it was what they did not do. Great article!

    • Hi Lindsay,

      Many leaders believe that to “lead” you must dictate direction, actions and accountability to others. But a good leader will first take these traits on themselves and prove they are competent at their tasks THEN start to build these same traits in others.

      Glad you liked the post, thanks. Stay tuned for Part 2 next Monday.

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