4 Terrible Things Every Great Leader Does

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4 Terrible Things Every Great Leader Does

Behavior control, self-idolization, the use of education as indoctrination and the ensurance of compliance through performance appraisals are all examples of the “silent killers” of leadership. In Peter Blocks article, The Underbelly of Leadership, he says “Successful leaders begin to believe that a key task is to re-create themselves down through the organization.” That will backfire.

When in charge, it may make sense to have everyone be on the same page and the use of training and human resources to enforce these ideals throughout a company may seem like a smart thing to do. But it is not. By doing so you are destroying any existing partnerships and creating a perception of self-interest as opposed to company-wide success.

The Underbelly of Leadership provides an excellent example of how easily a “strategy turns into dogma” and lists several things to look for to prevent this from happening.