5 Characteristics of a Poor Leader and How to Steer Clear of Them

1. Lack of Communication Communication is a key component of being a leader. You need to get your point across to fellow team members, be clear and precise, as well as sharing important information with the group. If you lack these prime communication skills, people will often struggle to follow along with what you are trying to say. Your poor communication could be the cause of an information gap among your team. To be a good communicator, be sure to be educated on what you are trying to say. Be confident in your thoughts as you share them with your team. As far as passing along important information, I find making a checklist to be helpful. When you are done communicating that information to the group, you receive the satisfaction of checking it off! 2. Lacking Compassion People tend to follow a leader that cares about them. People typically avoid others who bring them down or make them unhappy. By lacking compassion, people may perceive you as a rude, self absorbed person who could care less about helping them. Your team will appreciate you more if you care about their problems and are willing to listen to them.

If you struggle to find your compassionate side, try putting yourself in the other person’s position. Put yourself in “their shoes”. How do they feel? How would you feel if you were him/her? What would help you feel better? By doing so, you will be able to understand what they may be needing from you. People want to be recognized, they want things to be about them. If you show compassion towards them, they may contract a liking towards you. 3. Being Overbearing Everyone knows that one person who is a control freak. They want to be in control of every aspect of the situation. People tend to get annoyed when someone is watching over their shoulder, breathing down their neck, telling them which button to press. By being a nit-picking leader, people are less likely to follow you.