Chris Ruisi Leadership

If You Can’t Be The Best…Then Try Being The Worst

Every day you can find an article, blog or book on how to be the best leader you can be. To be the best (at anything), requires clarity, focus and self-discipline.

Let’s face it, it takes hard work to be the best. As such, it should come as no surprise that some make the choice not to accept the “be the best” challenge and end up at being the worst leader they can be. But we can learn something from those who are the “worst” leaders they can be. Here the top 7 worst I have observed over the years.

  1. “Read my mind” This is the person who doesn’t share all the details, communicates in bits and pieces, rarely connects the dots and blames others when things go wrong. Do you know someone like this? Do the opposite of what they do.
  2. “The Over Your Shoulder” This is the person who is insecure in their own abilities, doesn’t trust you, constantly questions everything you do and micro-manages you. Do you know someone like this? Do the opposite of what they do.
  3. “Surprise” This person lacks consistency in everything thing they do or say. What they said was correct on Monday is wrong on Tuesday. They operate like a 4-walled handball game; you never know which way they’re coming from. They accept no responsibility for their actions. Do you know someone like this? Do the opposite of what they do.
  4. “Everyone to the lifeboats…after me!” Everything is about them. They are not genuine. They never look out for their team and do not support them or have their back in challenging times. Do you know someone like this? Do the opposite of what they do.
  5. “Small is Big” This person overreacts to everything. They focus on the smallest and least important details and turn them into a nuclear reaction. They have no filter or control over their emotions, and facts and logic have no place in their thinking. Do you know someone like this? Do the opposite of what they do.
  6. “I’m the Smartest Person in the Room” Their favorite expression is, “Am I the only person here who knows what to do?” They are insecure. They believe that their opinion is the only one that matters. They are not capable of building engagement within their team. Their team has a high turnover, and most are mediocre performers. Do you know someone like this? Do the opposite of what they do.
  7. “Like me, please!” They are driven to be liked by their team versus being a trusted and capable leader. They avoid anything that might result in a conflict or making a tough decision. They always put a spin on difficult matters. Do you know someone like this? Do the opposite of what they do.

 

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