15 Bad Leadership Qualities to Be Aware of

Bad qualities in leadership are the inability to realize the responsibility and follow due organizational protocol. People assume leadership in various ways and when they do, they try to make a good impact and avoid bad impressions.

The impact could be such that could leave a memory to recount for years. Now the question is how possible can a leader avoid having a bad impression of his leadership.

Leadership is not as easy as it sounds because people will talk good or bad about it. On a more critical note, many factors can contribute to bad leadership. For instance, inexperience could have been better starting from any little way. Maybe while in school, a class leader or head boy.

However, for someone who does not have the slightest idea of what being a leader is here are the 10 bad qualities to avoid.

Poor initial experience

It will not be that easy if you lack the slightest idea of being a leader. If you have not worked under someone as an employee, you might find it a bit difficult trying to control others. You may not know how to delegate duties, give instructions, and assist where necessary.

Aside from this, your duties towards your organization may prove challenging to you. Although as a first-timer, you may adjust with the time that is if you are a fast learner. Again, if you have someone to guide you as you learn but you might have displayed some bad qualities before you learn better.

Arrogant and disrespect

When a leader assumes a position or starts heading a team arrogance can be one thing that can tag him a bad leader. The feeling of pride, being proud that you are on top while forgetting that everyone deserved some respect. This trait could earn you scorn and hatred and a bad reputation. It is best to start on a humble ground and gain trust and love from your followers.

Ineffective communication

This is not just communication but active communication. What else could make a team active and working in the absence of leader-team interaction? The inability to make decisions and seek the opinions of team members can negatively affect workflow.

You only talk to your members when you want to give instructions and that is the only time you talk to them. Even in our contemporary world, we need communication in everything we do. It fosters a sense of belonging. It helps leaders to understand members more and creates more relationship that is interpersonal.

Proffering unrealistic targets

One frustrating aspect of a leader is giving his members different expectations. A target that seems easy to reach from the leader’s viewpoint but practically it is unattainable. This can narrow down to poor decision-making and poor communication.

Now it is not enough that the leader set such difficult goals but he is never available to help. This can bring conflict and bad working situations for both the leader and members.

Ordinarily, the normal procedure would be that leaders hold a meeting with members. While in the meeting, together they deliberate on setting and achieving goals. But bad leadership will be the result when a leader does it alone.

Lack of empathy

The foundation of a friendly and favorable working condition is built on empathy from the leader. It could help members recognize working conditions as being stress-free. It becomes a bad characteristic when leaders lack understanding and are unable to reason in the direction of their members.

An unempathetic leader can bring down motivation and weakens the member’s ability or positive collaboration. This makes it the reason why empathy is very important for every leader.

Constant aggressiveness

I bet you, that no member or work team would like to last longer with any leader who constantly nags and reprimand his members. On a serious note, every organization has its rules and regulations, which include a normal way of addressing members’ mistakes.

A good leadership quality includes following these rules to address its members. Violation of rules by constantly being aggressive with the aim that the rule does not apply to the leader makes him a bad leader.

Inability to settle conflicts

As is always, the case, every organization’s rules include how leaders should address issues that may lead to conflicts. In some cases where a disagreement gets out of hand, such that the members are shifting unending blames.

If the leader keeps adamant and ignores such things, he is likely a bad leader. Even if it affects the leader directly and ignores it this could mean a lack of care.  Again, he is only interested in the workflow. The quality of a good leader includes settling disagreements.

Bad work appraisal

Some leaders may be ungrateful in that no amount of effort from the members could make them appreciative. This can reduce motivation and lower the work rate. The leader is more obsessed with the team’s active participation and not with being grateful for good work. While he forgets to observe and pays less interest in members’ efforts.

If the leader finds it difficult to say, “Oh that’s very good of you.”  “Thank you or a simple handshake; it is such a bad trait. There are instances where a gift is a better option. All of these contribute to an easy workflow for members. An appraisal is one way to encourage team members.

Selfish interest

This means focusing on oneself, it is almost the same as not being empathetic. The difference here is that the leader puts his need and desire first before any other. This is a bad leadership quality. It signifies that even in time of emergency the leader would prefer his safety first while ignoring his member’s wellbeing.

Refusing to accept suggestions

Members can spot something that can be beneficial to the organization and wish to suggest it to the leader. It can be something that will be a profit to the organization.  The best the leader could do is look into the suggestion and present it to other members.

If the majority has a positive opinion, then he adopts it. But it would be a bad quality if the leader shuns the suggestion from the member and sticks only to his personal opinion.

Poor follow up with issues

It could be one of the poor leadership qualities if any member presents an issue, especially one that affects the team and needs great attention. If the leader fails to follow up and ensure that the problem is completely solved it becomes a bad characteristic on his part.

Poor listening skill

As a leader, it is always good to listen more when discussing with your team member than doing more of the talking. By listening more, you get to understand properly where the member is coming from. This can also help you to proffer a better solution.

Poor delegation attitude

If a leader is found to always delegate duties on a preferential basis rather on fairness and equity. This could make him a bad leader because most other members will feel cheated and maltreated. Delegation of duties should be done in the right process.