Leadership is a natural trait, but that does not mean it is only natural. One can be a superb leader by inculcating some habits and by avoiding certain habits. The habits which you should abstain from for becoming a great leader are the ones which are there in a terrible leader.
Here are a few of these,
Lack of Transparency
Staff can tell when you’re not being completely honest with them. There’s rarely a reason not to be entirely transparent with your team, especially at a young, growing company. Your team will appreciate understanding exactly where the company stands.
Listening to all employees as often as possible is so important to building a loyal and faithful team. Everyone needs to be part of the process and bigger picture.
Valuing Experience Over Potential
CEOs should be careful not to value experience over potential. Some of our best employees haven’t been the most experienced. What they do have is something that’s impossible to train or develop.
The best leaders are ones who accept blame when things go wrong and give credit to their team when things go right. In order to be a true visionary leader, you need to let go of your ego and focus on your people because without them you would be nowhere.
The ownership and passion comes with running a business, but you have to set the example for your team, have other interests and learn how to take a break. Otherwise everyone will assume they have to work that much and burnout of the entire team is inevitable (and a toxic culture will follow).
Being Overly Conservative
Modern leaders must be absolutely tenacious in getting the results they desire, from themselves, their organization, their team, even their customers. Get rid of overly conservative notions.
Take responsibility for any of your team’s failures. At the end of the day, you ultimately hold all the responsibility anyway, so let your team know you understand that things didn’t work out the way they should have. Then propose solutions instead of assigning blame.