The Worst Behaviours of Leaders

Being a leader is not always easy. Leaders face many challenges on an ongoing basis but have to be the guiding light for the organisation. You often hear the cliché, ‘Our people are our biggest assets’ – we prefer to say, ‘The right people are your biggest assets’ and these people deserve a great leader who can lead, motivate and inspire them to great heights. Many leaders are self-taught and learn how to lead by trial and error. Whilst learning by trial and error can be effective, you need to make sure you acknowledge your mistakes and be open to constructive criticism. Here are some of the worst behaviours of leaders:


Nobody likes to be micromanaged. Give your people clear expectations in the form of a job description and KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and manage them on the delivery of this. Micromanagement stifles the creativity of your employees and disempowers them and as a result they will stop thinking for themselves.

Losing their Temper when Things don’t go their Way

These leaders have low emotional intelligence and scream and shout when things don’t go their way. They insult their employees and speak to them in a disrespectful tone. These leaders manage employees via fear and intimidation rather than holding their team accountable in a professional, respectful manner.

Making False Promises

There is nothing is worse than a boss who makes false promises and never follows through on these. In doing this, you keep moving the goal posts which causes distrust and will result in you losing the respect of your team. How would you feel if your employees broke their promises to your customers?

Not dealing with Conflict

These leaders avoid conflict at all costs and opt for corridor discussions which can often result in an environment of gossiping and backbiting. Whilst nobody enjoys the tough conversations, leaders must be able to have these and address any issues head on.

Overworking Employees

These leaders don’t really care about the well-being of their employees. They have unrealistic expectations of what is possible from employees and keep loading their team members with work. They have very little to no empathy and rarely compliment their team.

They Think they ‘Know it All’

These leaders always have the need to be the smartest person in the room and think they know it all. Team members will stop sharing good ideas because the leader knows it all and doesn’t consider other people’s ideas, unless they are his or hers.

If you are guilty of any of these behaviour traits try hard to make the necessary changes which will no doubt have a very positive impact on your team, their performance and the business results.

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Author: Darryn Le Grange
Darryn is a business coach and the owner of ActionCOACH Ignite in Kloof. Since being in ActionCOACH, Darryn has won numerous awards including SA Rookie Coach of the Year (2014), Global Rookie Coach of the Year (2015), National Sales Award for the Highest Conversion Rate (2015) and the ActionCOACH Firm of the Year (2016). Darryn is currently ranked 38th in the World out of over 1,000 franchisees.

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