Signs That You Will Not Become a Good Leader

Leadership is everywhere. However, the focus of my article is on the working environment. I have been working in a standard organisation for over 5 years now, and one thing I can say with assurance is: new leadership position pops up faster than you can say "Amala."

However, if you show signs or attitudes that paints you as a potential "bad" leader especially when you are new, you stand zero chance of leading. 

Before anyone else notices these traits, you should take time to review yourself to know if you are showing signs of a bad leader.

Signs That You Will Not Be a Good Leader

You Always Play the Blame Game: A bad leader has one goal in mind: to protect themselves always. If you hardly stand up but instead points fingers when things go wrong, you need to be careful. However, you need to be careful in making a habit out of being the saviour on the white horse protecting others, if you do this too often, your job may become at risk.

You are not the Positive Guy: In every organisation, there is always that one person who complains about everything. His holidays are too short, his salary not enough, the boss is too wicked, or even the meeting too long. I am sure you know these people in your organization. If you are that person, you can never lead. Do what you can to move the focus towards the positives amongst the team and give credit where it is due. This not only highlights the good things your team is doing but also shows your skills as a leader. 

You Find it Hard to Apologise or Admit to an Error: Many people think that apologizing or admitting to an error will make themselves appear weak in front of their colleagues. However, it is quite the opposite. Most times, admitting and apologising for mistakes at work is able to improve you. We are all human, mistakes are meant to happen, and this includes your colleagues at work. When they make a mistake, how do you respond? Furious? Born leaders stand up to their mistakes, they apologise and learn from it. When their fellow team members make a mistake, they step up for their team members. Compassion and trust are two of the most valued traits people look for in a strong leader.

No One is Asking for Your Help: A good leader can step in to do the job of others when the need arises. Most times, they provide guidance if they were asked for advice or support. Your desire to learn how others carry out their tasks is the strongest predictor of your competence. However, you should be careful, you shouldn't try to learn everything just to show off. You see, learning comes naturally when you are a born leader.  

You should pay more attention to your own attitude instead of others. If you want to study others (people with a bad attitude), view them as an example of what you don't want to be. You can decide to take these four signs (mentioned above) that it's time to work more on yourself and to step up as the leader you wish to become.