What makes a good leader? It's a question that's very hard to answer, since different organizations may have distinct definitions. But if we turn the tables and ask what devastates good leadership, a consensus may surface. Forbes contributor Travis Bradberry talks to economist Dr. Fred Kiel, who's collected data on 84 CEOs and compared employee ratings of their behavior to company performance. It turns out that failure of maintaining integrity is the most cited mistake that leaders make. Bradberry writes,
Kiel’s data is clear: companies perform better under the guidance of high-integrity leadership. “Companies who try to compete under the leadership of a skilled but self-focused CEO are setting themselves up to lose,” Kiel says.
Every leader has the responsibility to hone his or her integrity. Many times, there are integrity traps that have a tendency to catch well-meaning leaders off guard. By studying these traps, we can all sharpen the saw and keep our leadership integrity at its highest possible level.
The seven mistakes for leaders to avoid include:
- Fostering a cult of personality.
- Dodging accountability.
- Lacking self-awareness.
- Forgetting that communication is a two-way street.
- Not firing poor performers.
- Succumbing to the tyranny of the urgent.