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Six seductive traps that scuttle leaders

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What are the most common foibles that cause promising leaders to fail? These are the traps that can bring you down:
  1. Arrogance. You think everyone else is wrong.

  2. Melodrama. You create tension unnecessarily and hog the spotlight.

  3. Volatility. Your moods swing unpredictably.

  4. Excessive caution. When faced with challenges or decisions, you freeze like the proverbial deer caught in the headlights.

  5. Habitual distrust. You fixate on everyone else’s faults.

  6. Aloofness. You withdraw from the people you lead.
—Adapted from Why CEOs Fail, David L. Dotlich, Jossey-Bass.

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