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How I Compromised My Integrity in Leadership — I’m Not Going to Tell You Again!
My wife and I were in the mall doing some Christmas shopping and we heard it again. A child was fingering some merchandise and the child’s mother raised her voice. “You heard what I said before! I’m not going to tell you again.”
Later, over coffee, my wife said, “I am growing to hate that phrase.”
“Oh?” I said, sipping my latte. “What phrase is that?”
Recently I blogged about the leadership pitfall of pride. Today, in this excerpt from my new book, I share another pitfall leaders face that’s often less obvious – favoritism.
Do you have a favorite employee?
Just thinking about admitting it causes us to cringe at the possibility of the negative backlash from those who are the not-so favorites, should they ever learn our true feelings.
But that’s the point. They already know.
I firmly believe the universal determinant of who becomes the leader’s workplace favorite is essentially a question of who consistently gets their job done with the least amount of direct supervision, organizational drama, and overall disruption. I’m betting you agree. It’s very likely that the person who’s able to get the work done while making your life easier in the process will be–or already is–your hands-down favorite, too.
Have you ever done something really foolish never seriously considering the consequences of your actions? As young boys, my brother and I devised a foolish game of flinging darts close to the other’s bare foot, never intending to strike the target. Inevitably, an errant throw would strike the other’s foot. It was then that the words of that great American philosopher, John Wayne, rang with truth: Life is tough; it’s even tougher when you’re stupid.
Avoiding Common Leadership Pitfalls
There are alot of ways to fail as a leader – many are obvious – others we don’t see coming. So it’s a truly sad occasion when a promising leader — a leader who ought to know better — proves ignorant, indifferent or even blatantly stupid about how to avoid some of the most common leadership pitfalls.
Leaders who lose their temper should understand how costly this leadership flaw is.
Watch This Video Post: Leaders Who Lose Their Temper
Phillip Van Hooser