YOU may be an expert in your field and personally good at what you do, but if your intention is to grow the business then you have to be able to lead others effectively.

Without followers, you will be limited to doing only what you are capable of doing alone. Without committed followers, growth is not possible.

No matter how great the company or the job is, no one willingly follows someone for long who is guilty of the seven deadly sins of leadership:

1. Egotism

This is the "It's all about me" attitude - your ideas, your way, what's good for you. Is your head so big that no hat fits it properly? When things go wrong or a mistake is made, do you ask: "Why are you doing this to me?"

People will walk away if their boss's arrogance, self-serving interests and constant need to take credit for the good work of others kill their interest and enthusiasm.

2. Insensitivity

You have a total indifference to the feelings of others and are clueless about how what you say or the decisions you make in the business affect others or impact their work or lives. You expect people to "get over it", and when they start complaining or try to explain their concerns, you say: "Quit whining; if you don't like it, leave!"

People will walk away if their boss's failure to consider their feedback and lack of empathy kills the heart they used to put into their work.

3. No credibility

No one believes you know what you are doing or that you are capable of telling them the whole story. When yet another promise is made that they know will be broken, eyes roll and people think: "Yeah, right."

People will walk away if their boss's failure to inspire belief makes them wary of every decision and kills their willingness to "just trust me on this".

4. Mistrust

Do you looking for hidden agendas or second-guess the motives and decisions of experienced people? Are you needlessly worrying about your back and micromanaging others until they finally tell you to get off theirs?

People will walk away if their boss's failure to trust them kills their initiative and makes them into dispassionate robots - just filling time doing exactly what they are told to do.

5. Indecision

You keep putting off a decision because of uncertainty about what to do. Put aside vacillation and procrastination and just decide something!

People will walk away if their boss's inability to make a decision and stick to it causes confusion and frustration about what is next and kills any hope of progress.

6. Negativity

You are a constant naysayer. No matter what anybody says or does, it isn't right. The glass is always half-empty and the sky is always falling, and when something doesn't turn out, you say: "See, I told you it wouldn't work!"

People will walk away if their boss's negativity kills their desire and motivation to turn problems into opportunities.

7. Purposelessness

You demonstrate a lack of focus and confuse activity with results. Your decision-making is aimless. You try too hard to be everything to every customer and don't do any of it very well.

People will walk away if their boss's lack of vision and clarity about the organisation's purpose and goals has them confused and kills their willingness to follow.

People do not leave companies; they leave bosses who confuse titles for real leadership. Think about it...haven't you left a good job for the same reason?

If you need great people to help your business grow and thrive, then it is a good idea to learn how to avoid committing these deadly sins.

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