Real tragedy occurs when outstanding regular leaders consistently undermine themselves by making errors that they are blind to but that is clear to everyone else. Most often, CEOs, their staff, and their businesses are held back by small, sometimes accidental integrity gaps. Despite having promises, some leaders cause harm to both themselves and their subordinates.
Every leader is accountable for honing their ethics. We can all get the job done and maintain the greatest degree of leadership integrity by learning how to avoid these mistakes.
Ignoring the fact that communication involves both parties
Many leaders mistakenly believe that they are excellent communicators while communicating in only one way. Some individuals take great satisfaction in being personable and available, but they don't actually listen to what others have to say. Individuals may worry if they are more likely to be promoted or dismissed if their bosses fail to create goals, give context for the tasks they want people to complete, or even provide feedback.
Individuals who have recently been promoted through the ranks are more likely to make this error. They have yet to transition from being doers to leaders. They feel unproductive because they have nothing concrete to show for their efforts at the end of each day, not recognizing that a leader's definition of productivity is different.
Not being aware of oneself
Many executives believe they possess adequate emotional intelligence (EQ). And frequently, while having certain EQ abilities down pat, they are dreadfully deaf when it pertains to understanding themselves. They just don't see what the rest of us do; it's not that they're hypocrites. They could be difficult to deal with, show favoritism, or take criticism poorly.
Taking no responsibility
Business executives are as known for their refusal to accept responsibility for their errors as are politicians. Dodging accountability may be very harmful, even if only a small number of people (instead of millions) are aware of a leader's error. A leader who won't accept responsibility for their actions is actually not one at all. Being a leader means having enough faith in your own judgment and that of your group to take responsibility for mistakes. The finest leaders share the glory and the blame.
Developing a worship of one's own identity
There are several mechanisms in place that create it all about the leaders, making it simple for them to become engrossed in their own worlds. These leaders connect so closely with their leadership responsibilities that they stop realizing that their main purpose is to serve others and begin acting as though their world dictates how things should be done. Remembering that you're there for a reason—and it's most definitely not to get your way—is essential to being an effective leader. Leaders with high integrity demand and encourage inquiry and criticism.
These behaviors are unhealthy and detrimental to your team. It may result in issues that ultimately might become more significant issues. The unfortunate fact is that these errors are as frequent as they are harmful. The great news is that, if you're aware of them, they're fairly simple to repair.