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5 Reasons Leaders Become Followers

forbesAre you a leader in name or in deed? Sometimes leaders may find that their ideas are no longer pointing toward the future but rather just maintaining the status quo. Glenn Llopis writes for Forbes about five reasons leaders become followers:

  1. Signs of complacency
  2. Risk adverse
  3. Not original
  4. Don’t share their momentum
  5. Deflect accountability

Playing it safe too often is a sure indication of complacency, the enemy of progress. Being risk adverse means that you are willing to do your job satisfactorily rather than well, and nobody wins an award for being the most satisfactory leader in a company. You need to hone your individual voice and style of management if you are to going to produce valuable and original ideas. Then you need to spread that energy around so that you can all move forward as a team, especially since trying to hog recognition for yourself is not going to earn you any friends. Likewise, accept accountability for the things that happen under your watch, because that is part of what leadership entails. To be a great leader, stand straight, speak clearly, and face challenges with confidence. If that sounds like too much effort—quit.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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