The Top-10 Characteristics of Lousy Leaders [Podcast S03E05]

We Most Often Learn the Most from Those Who Lead the Worst

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this fifth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the top-10 characteristics of lousy leaders.

Follow the major news stories on crises in business, politics, diplomacy, whatever, and it’s impossible to miss that most are crises of leadership. Unsurprisingly, we see the same failures and mistakes over and over. Here are the ten I most often notice.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The kinds of questions lousy leaders never ask about their business.
  • Why too little or too much confidence can devastate your leadership.
  • How bad leadership breeds cynicism and undermines an organization.
  • How a lack of organization undermines our ability to persuade and sell others.
  • The one trait to avoid if you want to lead well.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from a lousy leader?

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