There are a ton of clichés out there that can appropriately address the importance of team leadership. One of the first few that come to mind is “You’re only as strong as your weakest link”. When it comes to teamwork, this is often true. But teams that have its leader as the weakest link are the ones who are the most doomed for failure.

As a business owner, you have a huge responsibility to motivate your employees, inspire confidence within them and generate high rates of productivity. Your ability to boost morale and enthusiasm is just one of the traits that make you a great leader. A bad leader, on the other hand, can easily be revealed by some horrible characteristics.

Takes the word “boss” a little too seriously.

Yes, you may be the boss. But that doesn’t mean you have to be bossy! No one likes working for someone who is overbearing, snappy and downright rude. Even when particular projects require urgency, it shows great leadership skills to be sensitive to the personalities that make up your workforce. Being firm is one thing. Being discourteous is another. A bad leader will discount the need to be respectful when delineating responsibilities to his/her staff members.

“It’s a common misconception that bossy people make good bosses,” says Bernard Marr on Entrepreneur.com, “Actually, the opposite is true. Someone who simply orders others around is unlikely to engender any loyalty or make subordinates feel empowered. True leaders have followers who want to be led by them.”

Provides no examples to lead by.

Arguably, there’s no better way to lead a team than to lead by example. Yet another cliché that still rings true, “leading by example” is the simple act of showing your employees exactly what is expected of them by doing what you ask yourself. This includes everything from the friendly ways in which you interact with others to your insistence upon sticking to your word. A bad leader is someone who shows he/she is incapable of doing what he/she expects others to do.

“Nothing smacks of poor leadership like a lack of performance,” insists Mike Myatt on Forbes.com, “Nobody is perfect, but leaders who consistently fail are not leaders, no matter how much you wish they were. While past performance is not always a certain indicator of future events, a long-term track record of success should not be taken lightly.”

Marches to the beat of his/her own drum. (And it’s a bad song!)

Do you like to do things your way? Sure, who doesn’t? Do you continue to do things your way even when that way has been proven to be ineffective? If so, you’re a bad leader. Taking feedback from others and improving upon your missteps is a great way to lead. However, if listening isn’t your strong suit, you’re not likely to make many fans among those who work for you.

“Listening to all employees as often as possible is so important to building a loyal and faithful team,” says Jason Grill of JGrill Media on Success.com, “Everyone needs to be part of the process and bigger picture. Interacting and listening to your team is something that is too often forgotten by CEOs, with the hustle and bustle of job and travel schedules. It shouldn’t be.”

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