Poor leadershipA bad workman blames his tools. This old English proverb rings as true today as when it was first coined in the past. When business isn’t performing well, team morale is affected, sales and revenue KPI’s are not being met, and the target is on your back as the leader. You lay awake at night with that sick feeling wondering how you are going to make this month’s mortgage, pay school fees and support the family. You have a couple of choices. You can blame your team, or the market, or the competition. Or, you can take a look at yourself as a leader and ask “what am I missing, and what can I do about it?”   Spotting the bad leader It can be hard to look in the mirror and see yourself as the problem. But great leaders grab business by the balls and take action. So, by confronting your own shortcomings as a leader, you can drive business back on the right path. Bad leadership can come in many forms: your own performance can fall below par, your interactions with employees can be too aggressive or too weak, you can say or do the wrong things, or your balance of strategy vs. execution is off. Bad leadership has a great many consequences. Projects fail, people leave, morale sinks and productivity falls. That is best case scenario. It can also be damaging to your health, lifestyle, and family, which unfortunately we see all too often. So, how can you tell if you are a bad leader? Let’s face it, your employees are probably not going to tell you – instead they’ll just leave. Look at the results Great leaders inspire great results. Apple’s Steve Jobs was sometimes a difficult leader to work for. He pushed boundaries and bruised egos. But he found ways to inspire the best brains in the world to create works of technological art and sell them by the million. Around the same time that Apple was dominating with smartphones, Nokia went downhill after years of ruling the mobile sector. What happened? Bad leadership at Nokia failed to innovate. Good leadership at Apple drove change and inspired new creations. So, if you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, instead of seeking to blame anything and everything around you, look at what you are doing. Without good leadership, they are just “tools”.   Turning bad into good Even leaders need leadership. Accountability to high standards and improvements is a standard part of being an employee and it should be no different for the performance of leaders. By engaging KONA Group for leadership coaching, you will have someone give you a frank and critical assessment of how you stack up as a leader – an invaluable insight that can be confronting, but will ultimately transform you into a stronger, more capable leader that will inspire invaluable results to transform business performance.   Call KONA Group on 1300 611 288 or email [email protected] for more information and to discuss customised training and coaching programs. Alternatively, join in the conversation. We’d love to hear your thoughts and experience in relation to organisational leadership.