The Top 25 Temptations of Leadership
- Using position to intimidate or manipulate.
- Believing talent, experience, or skills compensate for preparation.
- Choosing the easy way for you rather than the best way for them.
- Overlooking the destructive behaviors of high performers.
- Withholding benefits or resources as punishment.
- Avoiding tough issues.
- Staying the same.
- Pretending you know when you don’t.
- Hiring yourself. Surrounding yourself with people who have your strengths.
- Playing favorites.
- Waiting for the perfect solution rather than choosing the best option.
- Consensus decision-making.
- Considering power a perk rather than a platform for service.
- Placing short-term wins before long-term success. “Let’s just get this done, we’ll fix the problems or big issues later.”
- Ignoring your inner voice when it says something isn’t right.
- Allowing people to think you agree when you don’t.
- Telling people what they want to hear.
- Forgetting it’s always about the people.
- Focusing on problems and weaknesses to the detriment of opportunities and strengths.
- Giving answers before exploring options.
- Little white lies.
Cave dwelling (seclusion) is one of my temptations. I love people but I also love privacy, books, and being alone.
What are the most tempting temptations leaders face?
What temptations do you feel as a leader?