With the digital world paving the way for more careers to emerge, the world continues to sophisticate. As compared to the past, an organisation, the number of employees in an organisation has drastically increased. The role of the leader has become more complex, accompanied with a huge responsibility to lead under pressure, since time and speed are now taken into account more than ever.
One thing that unsuccessful leaders fail to realise is that not only do they need to inspire others, but they need to manage and inspire themselves as well. To truly motivate others, they should monitor their thinking and actions at all times. As it is commonly said, there's always a fine line between being a boss and being a leader. Not all bosses and leaders are characteristically 'bossy' or mean, and nor all of them are uninspiring. So what characteristics contribute to an average leader?
- Selfishness: If a leader is full of themselves, it can lead to alarming disturbance in the entire organisation. Such selfish behaviour also creates a lack of communication and empathy. This in turn, makes employees and co-workers resistive of their leader, and it also decreases their morale.
- Looking Down On Others: Stemming from selfishness, an uninspiring leader demeans others to get in the good books.
- Incompetency: They never own their role, never striving to become better or take responsibility.
- Laziness: Uninspiring leaders are lazy, ineffective and disrespectful of time. They refuse to initiate proper steps, or any steps at all.
- Playing the Blame Game: They blame their co-workers and employees for being ineffective. They fail to accomplish and realise their own role.
As many as 73% employees have reported work problems due to working under uninspired leadership. Succumbing to pressure is easier for some people, whereas others are able to thrive during trying times. Today, the way decisions are being made has been altered by the global pandemic. So now that the pressure is even higher, leaders will continuously have to prove their resilience.
Infographic by: Visual Capitalist