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21 Things Leaders Must STOP Doing

As a consultant and someone who has worked in some leadership capacity for about 20 years, let me tell you — I hear many stories of poor leadership. The poor leadership stories aren’t always sexy, but they seem to be more and more prevalent.

Everyone wants to talk leadership, share leadership, quote leadership and read about leadership. There are thousands of leadership books and blogs, and lots of discussion about leadership. Leadership is the buzzword for everything and it should be, because everything truly rises and falls with leadership.

Again, as much as I hear people talking about leadership, I tend to hear more Stories Of Poor Leadership than I do Stories of Great Leadership. That is an unfortunate reality. If people in these leadership roles would simply “Stop It!” — maybe, just maybe, we would hear more stories of great leadership.

Stop It, Stop It, Stop It — 21 Things Leaders Need To Stop Doing

1. Stop treating your employees like they are just another number and like you own them.

2. Stop leading out of fear and insecurity.

3. Stop thinking your position or title will make people follow you.

4. Stop trying so hard.

5. Stop flexing your little short-man syndrome muscles.

6. Stop taking all of the credit.

7. Stop thinking firing people is the solution to every problem.

8. Stop letting days, weeks and months go by without praise and atta’ boys for team members.

9. Stop thinking you know more than the individuals who work for you.

10. Stop making excuses for not adjusting your style: “That’s just me” doesn’t work.

11. Stop promoting and surrounding yourself with “Yes Men.”

12. Stop being insensitive to your employee’s life outside of your organization.

13. Stop being a fake chameleon, acting different ways with different people.

14. Stop micromanaging.

15. Stop saying you don’t have time or being unwilling to develop other leaders.

16. Stop being unwilling to look, listen, learn, adjust and change.

17. Stop having so many closed-door meetings.

18. Stop complaining and placing blame on others.

19. Stop thinking the bottom line is the only bottom line. (read more here)

20. Stop thinking a little lack of integrity is okay.

21. Stop reading the leadership blogs and books if you’re not going to apply the principles.

As I stated at the beginning of this post, there are thousands of leadership books and blogs at our disposal. The harsh reality as to why there are so many, is they are deeply needed. As people continue to get promoted beyond their capacity, they become disillusioned and believe that positional equity will carry them.

Positional equity will only get you so far. Relational equity will get you much farther down the road; unfortunately relational equity can’t occur if people in these leadership roles don’t Stop It — stop doing these 21 things.

Stop with all of the Leadership Talk and start walking the Leadership Walk.

What do you think? What do these leaders need to stop doing? Add to the list and share your stories of poor leadership.   

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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.