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Three Reasons Why Leaders Fail

Leaders fail – just like everyone else fails. The difference, perhaps, is that when a leader fails it’s more than just themselves that suffer. It’s unrealistic to expect that a person in a leadership position is anything other than a person, and because they are simply a person it’s not terribly hard to analyze what goes right and wrong in their leadership styles. To that end, Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D. writes this article about a few reasons that leaders fail, and how to overcome those reasons and sharpen the skills needed to mitigate the factors behind them: Leadership failure is generally the result of succumbing to the three shortcomings that are discussed in this section. Highly effective leaders learn to analyze the factors behind these shortcomings that hinder their ability to lead consistently, creatively and responsibly. Barriers, unforeseen situations and negative influences are guaranteed to surface at one time or another to test one’s ability to lead effectively. These moments of adversity can disclose areas of ineffectiveness or challenge successes that have been achieved. Leaders need to take preventative action to make sure they do not succumb to these shortcomings. Most interestingly (and perhaps most common) is the danger of self-imposed barriers. Either through indecisiveness, unexpressed business goals, or ethical differences between public and private life, leaders fail to establish leadership principles and thereby the methods and motivation needed to facilitate team success. Other leadership failures come from an insufficient understanding of what it is to be a leader (constant responsibility, the shifting “facts” of a company, and delving into possibility), and having goals that are not flexible in the case of new information, direction, or risks.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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