Wednesday, June 25, 2008
TEN MAJOR CAUSES OF FAILURE IN LEADERSHIP
10 Major Causes Of Failure In Leadership:Major(R)Khalid Nasr It is as essential to know WHAT NOT TO DO as it is to know what to do. 1. INABILITY TO ORGANIZE DETAILS Efficient leadership calls for ability to organize and to master details. No genuine leader is ever "too busy" to do anything which may be required of him in his capacity as leader. The successful leader must be the master of all details connected with his position. He must develop the habit of delegating routine tasks to capable subordinates. 2. UNWILLINGNESS TO RENDER HUMBLE SERVICE Truly great leaders are willing, when occasion demands, to perform any sort of labor which they would ask another to perform. "The greatest among you shall be the servant of all" is a truth which all able leaders observe and respect. 3. EXPECTATION OF PAY FOR WHAT THEY "KNOW" INSTEAD OF WHAT THEY DO WITH THAT WHICH THEY KNOW The world does not pay men for that which they "know." It pays them for what they DO, or induce others to do. 4. FEAR OF COMPETITION FROM FOLLOWERS The leader who fears that one of his followers may take his position is practically sure to realize that fear sooner or later. The able leader trains understudies to whom he may delegate, at will, any of the details of his position. 5. LACK OF IMAGINATION Without imagination, the leader is incapable of meeting emergencies, and of creating plans by which to guide his followers efficiently. 6. SELFISHNESS The leader who claims all the honour for the work of his followers, is sure to be met by resentment. The really great leader does not claim honour. He is happy to see the honors go to his followers. 7. INTEMPERANCE Followers do not respect an intemperate leader. Moreover, intemperance in any of its various forms, destroys the endurance and the vitality of all who indulge in it. 8. DISLOYALTY The leader who is not loyal to his associates, those above him, and those below him, cannot maintain his leadership.Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life. 9. EMPHASIS ON THE "AUTHORITY" The efficient leader leads by encouraging, and not by trying to instill fear in the hearts of his followers. The leader who tries to impress his followers with his "authority" comes within the category of leadership through FORCE. If a leader is a REAL LEADER, he will have no need to advertise that fact except by his conduct—his sympathy, understanding, fairness, and a demonstration that he knows his job. 10. EMPHASIS ON "OFFICIAL TITLE" The competent leader requires no "title" to give him the respect of his followers. The man who makes too much over his title generally has little else to emphasize. The doors to the office of the real leader are open to all who wish to enter. These are among the common causes of failure in leadership. Any one of these faults is sufficient to induce failure.