You made it to the leadership position you have been striving for but what must you do to avoid derailment? Learn the derailment behaviors and traits witnessed by business leaders in corporate catering, industrial distribution, construction, web design, HR technology, gift giving, marketing, and structural engineering.
Tom Walter, CEO, Tasty Catering
The majority of leaders that I have witnessed, that experienced a career derailment, were leaders whose powers grew beyond their emotional intelligence. Those leaders focused on the privileges of leading instead of the responsibilities. They began managing people instead of leading people.
Sue Eaglebarger, Vice President, Human Resources, Lawson Products
There are two behaviors that I believe will derail a leaders career.
- When leaders to don’t clearly communicate the objective to their entire team. Teams are most successful when they understand what the goal is and leaders need their teams to meet objectives to make them successful.
- When leaders don’t listen to their teams (subject matter experts). While you may ultimately disagree, you should always, always ask your team members the best way to accomplish a goal. Most success stories start with their answers!
Mike Otis, President, Double O Supply & Craftsmen, Inc.
Not listening well to those they lead. Steve Jobs said, “We don’t hire smart people and tell them what to do. We hire smart people and ask them what we should do to create success.” (Paraphrased)
Chris Manley, CEO, Engenius
Failing to surround themselves with people who share the same set of values has derailed many leaders. It’s important to see your direct reports as partners in achieving success for your organization – and sometimes those directs are there to hold you accountable, especially as a small business owner.
Phil Leslie, CEO, RIVS Digital Interviews
Leaders that take more credit than they redirect to their team almost always end up being seen in an unfavorable light by their colleagues, team and superiors. And why not? It’s unpleasant to listen to a leader whose team achieves an enormous feat, only to see the credit given primarily to the leader. Great leaders recognize the people behind-the-scenes that made the impossible possible, and loudly and publicly give them praise.
Jamie Pritscher, Co-founder & CEO, That’s Caring
Not “walking the talk.” Leaders that set standards but don’t follow them leads to the employee mentality “If they don’t follow the rules, why should I?”
Erin Walter, Co-founder & CEO, nuphoriq
I’ve been pretty fortunate in my business career and have been surround by amazing leaders. But in the sports world, however, I was around my fair share of poor leaders. One of the most destructive behaviors/traits I’ve seen was a desire to be liked. If you care more about being liked by the people you’re leading than about the success of the team, you’re not going to be able to challenge them and push them, and you’re never going to be able to make the right decisions when they’re the hard ones to make.
Ron Watson, Founder & President, RJ Watson, Inc.
The downfall of many leaders is conceit. Many presidents and CEO’s have a very high opinion of themselves, which is not conducive to a team effort atmosphere. I think we need to remember that we are all people and it takes the contribution of every team member to make a good company.