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5 warning signs for leaders

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in Leaders & Managers,Leadership Skills

You might need leadership training if:

1. Your employees lie to you. So why is that not their problem? Think about it: Why do they feel they need to lie?

2. Nobody tries to poach them. Your peers should naturally covet your people. If they don’t, that might suggest you’re not hiring or training well.

3. You’re always in crisis. Emergencies do happen, but chronic trouble means you’re not planning or following through. You need to schedule according to actual needs, with a realistic budget, and you need to protect your team.

4. You ask yourself what you should do legally, instead of what’s the right thing to do. Just because you can get away with something doesn’t mean you should do it.

5. You hog credit. Trying to take credit for everybody’s work will backfire when your people resent you, star employees quit and the directors expect to see more of the work “you” have been doing. Aside from being dishonest, hogging credit is dumb because it shows you’re not leading, not hiring well or cultivating a team that does great work.

— Adapted from “5 signs you’re a lousy boss,” Suzanne Lucas, MoneyWatch, CBS News.

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