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5 Ways Leaders Destroy Their Teams

Often times with leadership, we hear the warm and fuzzies or the great success stories.  There are so many great books and tools at the disposal of leaders that growth and competency should be inevitable.  The challenge with that theory is it’s rendered “not always true” because of the simple fact that leadership deals with human beings.  Anytime you are dealing with people, things are never that simplistic.

In my tenure working as a Deputy Prison Warden, before being promoted to Warden, I worked for a leader that definitely should not have been in her role.  She literally destroyed her staff and destroyed her team.  Not only did she destroy them, she didn’t have the self-awareness to make the necessary adjustments.

Unfortunately, the “Leadership Destroyers” were not isolated to my experience; if you live long enough and work for enough people, there is a good chance that you will work for a leader that’s bent on destroying their team.  To help identify how these leaders or managers destroy their teams, I have identified 5 ways.

5 Ways Leaders Destroy Their Teams

1. My Way or the Highway (MWOH)

Everyone has an opinion, and often times, people have thoughts, ideas, and suggestions that can be helpful to those that are in charge.  MWOH is fueled by the insecurity of the Leadership Destroyer.  MWOH can create an environment of control but not an environment of healthy success.  Listen to your team, involve your team, learn from your team, and embrace the reality that the collective sum is much better than the Bigheaded MWOH Leader.

2. All About the Numbers

The numbers do matter, the bottom line is important, and if it doesn’t make dolla$, it doesn’t make sense.  In business, ministry, or non-profit work, it’s important to measure things, as it’s a great barometer for success.  Where numbers become a problem is when the Leadership Destroyer focuses on the numbers, bottom line, and measurables so much that they forget about their team of people who are making those numbers happen.  They lose sight of the “how” because they are so focused on the “what.”  Numbers matter, but people matter more.  Focus on creating a healthy team, and healthy numbers will be a natural by-product,

3. Talk but Don’t Listen

No one can get a word in or have an opinion because the Leadership Destroyer is always talking.  Not only are they always talking, they never listen.  If people are not heard, they will cease to say the things that matter.  Shh (be quiet) Listen!

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Scott Williams served as a key leader and Campus Pastor for LifeChurch.tv. He is the Chief Solutions Officer for Nxt Level Solutions, a consulting company he founded to help businesses, non-profits and individuals with both internal and external growth. Scott is speaker, strategist, consultant and developer of leaders. He is an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com, and leverages Social Media to make a Kingdom impact. Scott is passionate about leadership development, organizational growth and diversity. He is the author of “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week.” Scott is married, a father of two, and lives in Oklahoma City, OK.