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February 27, 2011

Why Do Leader Fail?

While the answer to the above question can be very long, one of the sources suggests some  reasons of this failure which are listed as follows.

1. Inability to Organise details. some leaders claim that they are very busy for arranging and initiating plans. and this leads to failure.

2. unwilling to do humble duties. a successful leader should be ready to perform any task when it is required.

3. ask for reward on their knowledge rather on what they do. this has been common especially based on the education system that give importance for the degree over the achievements for example. 

4. Fear of competition from the followers.

5. selfishness.

6. Disloyalty.

7. emphasis on the authority they have.

the above are some of many other suggested reasons of leaders failure. however, I see in them an attempt from a leader to both control and fulfil his ego. moreover, I think they are main contributors to cause the leader to loose his authority in the team.

Team Conflicts

conflicts among team members or between a team member and the leader are not rare to happen. it is embarrassing for team and drops down the team's productivity and might result in a complete failure.

all teams are usually made out of different people who have different characters and different experiences. understanding the uniqueness of each individual is crucial to avoid or at least to decrease  the possibility for conflicts to occur.

other factor that decreases conflicts is a professional leader. it is the responsibility of the leader to be professional during meetings and more importantly when conflicts happen. Being professional regarding dealing with conflict might include being open, clear, have the ability for discuss objectively and overcome the personal judgements and feelings.

many conflicts are initiated by misunderstanding. therefore, being open and professional and are very important characteristics of a successful leader. 

Final Word

many wonder if the final word should be the leader's. being a leader does not mean being a boss or a person who controls a group. on the other hand, being authoritarian and make decisions does not always mean that the leader is being selfish and practising repression against the followers.

every situation is unique. being autocratic  (having the last word in team) can be necessary in some cases; when a decision has to be made urgently for example. however,  the conditions that requires an autocratic leadership are rare usually.

there are many leaders say that authoritarian leadership is suitable when the team member are new employees who are motivated to learn. I would argue that even new employees have critical thinking skills and thier unique understanding  of the world. it is not fair to judge a person's ability to make a judgement based on him being new employee.

I personally prefer the participative style where everybody contribute to the decision. it involves sharing information with all members and engage their perspective, understanding and suggestions in the decision made which will make this decision more robust . however, even in this style and in any other style the decision is valid only when the leader authorise it.

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