Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
There are a lot of different lists enumerating the qualities of great leaders. Seldom, though, there are lists about the “diseases” of leadership. We, as human beings we have certain proclivities — not all of them noble. Nevertheless, leaders should be held to a high standard, since their scope of influence makes their ailments particularly infectious.
The following is a list of leadership diseases which can dangerously weaken the effectiveness of any organization:
- The disease of thinking we are immortal, immune, or downright indispensable.
- The disease of excessive busyness.
- The disease of mental and emotional “petrification.”
- The disease of excessive planning and of functionalism.
- The disease of poor coordination.
- The “leadership Alzheimer’s disease.”
- The disease of rivalry and vainglory.
- The disease of existential schizophrenia.
- The disease of gossiping, grumbling, and back-biting.
- The disease of idolizing superiors.
- The disease of indifference to others.
- The disease of a downcast face.
- The disease of hoarding.
- The disease of closed circles.
- The disease of extravagance and self-exhibition.
Summing-up: These diseases are a danger for every leader and every organization, and they can strike at the individual and the community levels. The responsibilities you hold as a leader, and the influence you have over others’ lives, can be profound. So, are you a healthy leader?
- The post: The 15 Diseases of Leadership, According to Pope Francis, (Harvard Business Review).