Anyone who is chosen to be a leader has to take on one huge responsibility to do it successfully – to be the person who “shows the way“. It’s the very definition of the word “lead“.
In that position, all eyes are on YOU. Your actions, attitudes, and demeanor will dictate how well your team will perform.
It calls for a great sense of self-awareness, and a keen sense of the trap doors that will inevitably lurk around every corner.
I call them the seven deadly leadership sins. Commit one, and we lose a key element of our team dynamic. If we succumb to all of them, the team completely falls apart. Therefore, we must diligently use that self-awareness, and resist these temptations.
Wrath – If we are quick to anger, and take that anger out on our teammates, they cannot learn. They will only fear.
And you will lose their best work in the dust bin of impatience.
Greed – If you want more out of your teammates than they can give, and compound the sin by failing to reach out and help, they will burn out.
And you will lose them to resentment and exhaustion.
Sloth – If we are not diligent in assuring that the work is done right, and all the pertinent details are being addressed, then they will stagnate, and the errors will multiply.
And you will lose them to mediocrity.
Pride – If we stubbornly persist in keeping substandard performers, or believe we can change people that cannot be changed, then the results will surely suffer.
And you will lose your best people to frustration.
Lust – If we continually wish to be where we think the grass is greener, at the expense of where we are, then that desire will poison your team dynamic.
And you will lose them to ambivalence.
Envy – If we suppress the great talent below us in matching or surpassing us, then they will seek other opportunities.
And you will lose them to another company.
Gluttony – If we take on too many things ourselves and multitask too often with our smartphones, our focus will be impaired, and we will miss great opportunities to teach and inspire.
And you will lose them to disrespect.