Leadership is a very delicate responsibility a person could handle and it is not as easy as it seems. Being at the front position will turn you to an immediate target not to forget all the temptations that will come to you. Leadership may make you think you are unbeatable. Nevertheless, beware of this behavior as many leaders at the peak of their success fell due to foolish improprieties.
However, what are these mistakes that can stop your success as a leader?
Temptation may be very seducing but sometimes it can have unpleasant consequences. Try as much as possible to be disciplined and to have control over yourself. You cannot play with fire and not get burnt. Forrest Hayes (51 years), google executive, was found dead in the cabin of his luxury yacht. A high-end call girl, in a drug overdose, left him unconscious and did not make any effort to help him. Moreover, before abandoning him, she finished a glass of wine… Hayes was married and a father of five.
Forget about your ego. Try to build a strong team and get smart, passionate and highly competent people around you. Treat the employees, customers, suppliers or partners, respectfully. Do not pretend, as a leader, that you know everything because big leaders always keep on learning and being up-to-date. Be humble because this will encourage your subordinates to be motivated. Be honest to open feedback: This will help you a lot in your path of success.
You should never be self-contented: Always search for innovation because the consumer needs and the market place are ever evolving fast. In addition to this and because of the nonstop technology development, the change is rapid, inevitable and unstoppable. Your customers and employees feedbacks are very important: Do not neglect them and talk about the relevant ones to drawing board.
Reputation, Integrity and Credibility are crucial in your career. Your reputation, whether good or bad will spread very fast. If you lose it, it will be very difficult to get it back.
Try to control your emotions because if you cannot they will control you. Envy can harm you a lot and can lead to anger, resentment and bitterness. It can turn your behavior into an insane one. Live away from your emotions.
Always have your head on and stay attentive. Remember that toxic emotions will destroy you. Do not allow them to gain you.
As a leader, did you have at any time to deal with these temptations?