The 5 major causes of failure in leadership

The 5 major causes of failure in leadership

The 5 major causes of failure in leadership. Leadership is important to any organization or any concerted effort to accomplish a particular goal. When you are placed in a position where you are that leader, there is one thing that you have in mind and that is the result. Being a good leader requires you to get the desired result.

Here a five major causes that will prevent you from getting the results you desire.

1. Inability to Organize Details. To be a leader that gets results, you must be able to first recognize the details that go into getting the result you desire. Second you must be able to organize those details into a coherent plan that your team can follow. You must be a master of what details are required for success. You must be able not only to organize the details but to delegate them to capable people on your team. The ability to make changes to that organized plan when needed, is also important. This requires a constant review of and knowledge of where you are in the implementation of that plan.

The 5 major causes of failure in leadership

2. Fear of competition from followers. It has never ceased to amaze me that in organization after organization that I have been a part of there are leaders who seem to be fearful that a member will take their place. Every successful leader must have the ability to transform others into leaders. On a lot of occasions the leader has the experience. This experience many times is the reason a person is placed into a leadership role. The followers need to be given the benefit of that experience by being educated regarding the essential activities necessary to accomplish the goal. When this happens the leader is able to duplicate himself/herself. Leaders are paid to get people to perform period.

3. Lack of imagination. A leader must have foresight and creativity. These characteristics enable the leader to be a better planner. Thinking outside of the box is nothing more than the ability to access what’s needed and to determine how to get that job done. Without imagination, a leader is incapable of dealing with unexpected emergencies, or creating that plan which moves everything forward.

The 5 major causes of failure in leadership
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The 5 major causes of failure in leadership

4. Selfishness. A leader cannot place himself in a position where he/she takes all of the credit for the group’s accomplishments. The leader has to recognize that his team is the reason for the ultimate success. If they had not been able to follow the instructions and to execute the plan with effectiveness then the result would not have been the desired one. A good leader must also recognize members of his team when they come up with a suggestion that adds to the plan. A leader must be prepared to point out this person’s contribution to the overall plan. This should be pointed out to the other team mates and to other leaders. This will instill in his team a sense of reward for taking initiative and will make the team better overall.

5. Disloyalty.  Lack of loyalty is a key factor in not only failure of leadership but in life situations in general. No one wants to engage with someone that they feel is disloyal. As a leader you must be able to stand behind someone on your team. Especially, when they have taken action that follows the plan. The followers are more likely to carry out the decisions and instructions of the leader when they are aware the leader will back them up. As a leader you must always be prepared to represent the interest of a team mate when their actions are questioned. Especially by another leader in the group. You must be prepared to engage the questions, speak out for the team mate and then to correct any errors in private.

Here is a great article about the Top 10 Leadership Qualities That Make Good Leaders. Also check out our previous post the Major attributes of leadership.

3 keys to achieving success

3 keys to achieving success

3 keys to achieving success. Everyone wants to achieve success in all endeavors. Whether these activities occur in their personal lives or in business, we can always assume that every person wants a favorable  result.

There are three keys to achieving that success. Anyone that follows this blueprint will find consistent results. The three keys are:

  • Studying the activity
  • taking action based on research
  • copying someone with proven success

3 keys to achieving success

The first key is to study the activity you are trying to achieve. In order to achieve success you have to be a student of the game. You have to understand the rules. What are the dos and dont’s. This ensures that you know the framework that you operating in.

If you are in a networking business or multi level marketing business you need to know the compensation plan. This allows you to know exactly how you get paid. This is important for any activity you are involved in that involves compensation. You need to know what are the income producing activities involved.

You also need to be aware of the rules so that you do not violate any of them. For example, if you are involved in a competition or a contest, what are the rules that you must operate under. If you are in a business what are the governing rules that limit your activities. A violation of the rules could mean that you face sanctions. These sanctions could include going so far as to exclude you from participating in the competition or causing you to lose a business license. You do not want to be prevented from participating in any activity that you are trying to achieve success.

3 keys to achieving success

Likewise, by studying the game, you should know what skill sets are needed. You will also understand the consequences for taking a particular action. Moreover, you will know why you are taking a certain action.

In other words, if there is a certain system that is followed, you want to know what that system is. If there is a system involved, you should be intricately familiar with how the systems works. Moreover you need to become an expert at ensuring that you and everyone else involved in the activity on your behalf has a similar understanding of it.

3 keys to achieving success
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The second key is applying what you know about the activity. There are several people who spend time constantly learning and gathering information about their activity of interest. This is a great strategy for success and is the first key. However, on many occasions these people never apply what they have learned. They never take action.

We can all agree that if you have the fastest car in the world and you were in a car race, you would not win unless you turned the car on and put your foot on the gas. Well it is the same with any activity that you are trying to get a favorable result.

You have to create a game plan. You have to then take that game plan and break it down into activities. When you know what activities are needed, then you prioritize them. Finally, began to execute your plan.

3 keys to achieving success

It is important that each activity be capable of measuring. What I mean is that you must have the opportunity to determine whether each activity you are taking is effective. That only comes through measuring the results.

For example, if your plan is to talk to ten people, from how many people did you get the result your were seeking. As you begin to see a pattern, than you can determine if your activity needs to be changed or any corrections might be necessary. For example, if you talk to ten people and on average you get the result you want from two, then you will know how many people you need to talk to get the amount of people you need.

The final key is to determine if there are some experts who have already established success in your area. This is important because you want to become familiar with the common activities that will ensure you the same success as the expert.

I realize that you may not always have access to the expert personally, however there are other ways to get the information. First, does the expert have a platform available. This could include a website, a blog or a YouTube video. Is there any biography or autobiography that outlines the methods used by the expert. Is there any coaching group or one on one coaching available.

The key is to determine who has the success you want and to copy it. As you gain experience through taking action, you will be able to see which of the things that worked for others will work best for you. Those are the 3 keys to achieving success. Incorporate these methods into your day to day routine and you will be ensured better success in the future.

3 keys to achieving success

You can also read The seven life changing keys to success blog post by Pick the Brain. There are some interesting points that will also help you to grow.

Also, see our post Napoleon Hill’s fifteen laws of success.


3 qualities that can make you a super achiever

3 qualities that can make you a super achiever

3 qualities that can make you a super achiever. Everyone wants to achieve their goals. There is a desire to be successful and to reach and maintain a certain status. Some of us just have simple goals and a simple lifestyle that they desire out of life.

No matter what your desire may be whether it is something simple like fishing every day to being the CEO of a super company; you sill have to achieve certain goals. There are certain common characteristics that everyone should possess. This is true for the simple goals or the goals that require high achievement.

This post examines three main qualities that you should possess to become a super achiever. The super achiever status will ensure that you are able to put yourself in the position to accomplish what you want out of life.

Becoming a super achiever will allow you to set your goals higher and higher. It will give you the confidence to select goals that just the thought of accomplishing them excites you.

So we thought this topic would be a great one to assist our readers in accomplishing their goals and establishing the mindset necessary to achieve.

3 qualities that can make you a super achiever
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The three qualities we will discuss are listening and remaining open, dedication to vision and persistence. A great article which outlines these principals and several more is How To Be A Super-Achiever: The 10 Qualities That Matter.

3 qualities that can make you a super achiever

Dedication to vision is a necessary characteristic to have. Everyone needs a vision. A vision will help you determine where you are going in life. It is a blueprint that highlights your principles and sharpens your focus. This vision is helpful because it is the starting point that you focus on when you began to plan or determine what new ideas you would like to implement. A clear vision is necessary. It helps to guide you in making your determination what goals you want to accomplish and what goals get priority. This article Craft an Inspiring Personal Vision for Your Life RIGHT NOW can assist you in shaping your vision.

Listening and remaining open is a key to becoming a super achiever. A closed minded person is no good to himself or others. You have to be open to fresh ideas in order to be innovative. Innovation is necessary to keep a fresh perspective and accomplish the right goals. New ideas come through listening and being open to learn how others have been successful at accomplishing a certain task or objective.

Other times you need to employ a team of individuals to leverage their time and efforts. You certainly want to be receptive to the ideas of the members of your team. Two heads are better than one is an old and popular saying. This saying certainly was true than and it is true now.

You need to be seeking the best methods out there to achieve. Certainly by listening and remaining open you will put yourself in the best position to learn and copy success.

3 qualities that can make you a super achiever

Finally, persistence is essential to any super achiever. The ability to fight past adversity is key. Persistence allows you to try new things and new ways to accomplish a goal. If your current plan isn’t working, dedication to persistence will certainly aid you in finding a new one. Also, by developing the habit of persistence, your mind will become accustomed to accomplishment. You will develop an iron willed determination. This is definitely an important factor in becoming a super achiever.

To sum up, persistence, dedication to vision and listening and remaining open are essential elements of becoming a super achiever. Practice these qualities and you will go far in life and in business.

See also These six steps to building confidence

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How to Achieve your Definite Chief Aim in Life

How to Achieve your Definite Chief Aim in Life

How to Achieve your Definite Chief Aim in Life. Napoleon Hill author of Think and Grow Rich and The Law of Success was a big believer and proponent of the idea that a person cannot be successful without accomplishing his/her definite chief aim in life.

This requires that first of all, you decide what that chief purpose or aim is. Napoleon Hill asserts in the Law of Success that the course is “intended as a mind stimulant that will cause the student to organize and direct to a DEFINITE end the forces of his or her mind, thus harnessing the stupendous power which most people waste in spasmodic, purposeless thought.” Law of Success p. 5.

In other words, the creation of a definite chief aim in life will prevent a person from wandering aimlessly through life. This wandering without a purpose is like a ship that has no one steering. This ship will never make it out of the harbor.

How to Achieve your Definite Chief Aim in Life

The most important concept contained in the definite chief aim is the word definite. As Hill points out “ninety five percent of the people of the world are drifting aimlessly through life, without the slightest conception of the work for which they are best fitted.”

How to Achieve your Definite Chief Aim in Life

There is a psychological purpose for developing and holding your thought on a definite chief aim. That reason is any chief aim that stays fixed in the mind and held there influences the physical action of the body. In other words, you will achieve the thoughts which dominate your mind. You will begin to take action on your definite chief aim because you will give it constant thought.

To formulate your definite chief aim, you have to select it with care. Then it should be written down. I am always an advocate of writing things down. A person is fifty per cent more likely to accomplish goals that are written down. The same goes for your definite chief aim. When you have written it down, it is important that you review it daily so that it will become engrained in your mind. So that every fabric of your being is aware of what it is that you are trying to accomplish During the waking hours your entire body will collaborate in reaching this definite chief aim.

How to Achieve your Definite Chief Aim in Life

Hill calls the constant review of your definite chief aim auto suggestion. Auto suggestion is the method by which you implant into your subconscious positive thoughts. Thoughts that will then get the universe involved in brining you what it is that you want to accomplish.

Hill couples the actions you take to achieve your definite chief aim with persistence. Persistence will ensure that you reach your goal. One method of formulating your chief aim is to decide what it is that you can do better than anyone else. As Hill says “search until you find out what this particular line of endeavor is, make it the object of your definite chief aim.” Hill then states that you should ” organize all your forces and attack it with the belief that you are going to win.”

When you decide on your definite chief aim, you will constantly be on the alert for facts, information and knowledge with which to achieve that purpose. In other words, you have to seek out information. Do research on the accomplishment of your purpose. Interview people who have been successful in accomplishing similar goals or objects. Finally, you have to formulate plans and put those plans into action.

How to Achieve your Definite Chief Aim in Life

If your plans do not work out the first time, you have to be persistent and learn from your failures. You will soon gain the experience that will propel you to where you need to be to accomplish your definite chief aim. It will be like a domino affect because obstacles will begin to fall out of your way. By formulating a definite chief aim in life, your life will have a purpose and you will know what roadmap that you need to get there. This is how to Achieve your Definite Chief Aim in Life.

See also Napoleon Hill’s Fifteen Laws of Success