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Leadership Mistakes

Updated 05/09/2017



   For some it is a reluctance, if not refusal, to admit
   to making mistakes.  For others, their mistakes
   are glaring. obvious and in your face every day.
 




     7 Leadership Mistakes That Make Everyone Miserable  |  Linkedin, Dr. Travis Bradberry      05/08/2017
    From Enron to Volkswagen, we’ve watched in horror as leaders who lack integrity have
    destroyed businesses time and again. But the real tragedy happens when regular leaders,
    who are otherwise great, sabotage themselves, day after day, with mistakes that they can’t
    see but are obvious to everyone else.



    Management vs. Leadership...Are they mutually exclusive?
        |  LinkedIn, Kirk A. Johnson, COO, Allen Training Centers                                                                                                      07/20/2016 
    What is the distinguishing characteristic between management and
    leadership?  Are they mutually exclusive from each other?  The
    distinction between management and leadership has often been
    based on viewing management as “doing things right” whereas
    leadership is seen as “doing the right things”. Management is often
    described as a mechanical and administrative activity, whereas
    leadership is viewed as involving change and developing more
    effective organizations.  Managers are often viewed as applicants of
    rational problem solving, sometimes referred to as “organizational
    engineers” who use objective technical criteria to achieve well-known
    goals.  Leadership however, is viewed as the process of creating a
    social organism or “living enterprise” that is active, capable of
    changing, and responsive to the environment.


      |  LinkedIn, Brian Fort, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii                                                                                                       04/17/2017
    Seven Leadership Charges have always guided my command philosophies:
       (1) Leading with Integrity,
       (2) Being a Bold Decision Maker,
       (3) Communicating Every Day,
       (4) Taking Care of My Sailors,
       (5) Critically Self-Assessing My Performance at Every Opportunity,
       (6) Rising to the Challenge in a Crisis, and
       (7) Respecting My Vulnerability to My Own Vanity. 
    The Most Common Denominator sustaining each of these charges: Accountability.
    Teach it early to those you have the pleasure to lead!


    In my most recent article I wrote, “Respecting your vulnerability to your own vanity is the
    difference between good, and even great leadership, to being a truly illustrious leader.”
    Don’t think you are susceptible? If you are the leader of your organization, whether you
    command a warship, coach a team, lead a congregation, own a business, lead a town or
    lead a nation, think again. When I consider my previous assignments as a commander at
    sea and Squadron Commodore, I was exceptionally susceptible to vanity. My arrival and
    departure was announced on every warship I visited, anywhere in the world in any navy.
    Onboard the ship where I was embarked, in addition to announcing my arrival and departure,
    a single bell was struck when I first stepped on or off that warship. When I was embarked,
    the ship flew my pennant at all times, and I even had my own absentee pennant which let
    everyone know whether I was onboard the ship or not. I had the best parking spot. My
    authority was absolute. I was inescapably susceptible to vanity. Even if you are the leader
    of a very different organization from the Navy, consider how the smallest of daily interactions
    and perks afforded to you as the leader make you susceptible to your own vanity.