Published on October 6, 2015
You are a leader, even if not officially. People follow your example, learn from you, want to know your opinions and so on. Constantly improving your leadership skills is essential to your success. Most people have the wrong idea about leadership. For example, car salesman Jim was promoted to the Sales Manager position. During his first week as manager, he decided to show everyone who was boss. Jim cracked the whip. He held a meeting and told the other sales people, "I want 10 cars sold today or someone will get fired!" The sales people ran around looking busy and avoiding Jim. Everyone tried to force customers to buy cars, but car sales dropped. Jim yelled even louder. "You can't sell cars by pressuring customers, you idiots! Now get out there and sell these stupid cars!" After a month of this, his two best sales people quit. Sales dropped even further. Jim said, "I can't believe this! What am I doing wrong?" Five Bad Leadership Attitudes Like many new managers, Jim had these five wrong ideas: 1. "Because I'm the manager, you better respect me . . . or else!" 2. "People are lazy; I have to force them to work." 3. "I'm superior to everyone. I can do anything I want." 4. "If you work for me, you need to kiss my butt." 5. "If you don't like how I run things, you can leave." Because of these attitudes, Jim's sales people were selling fewer cars and looking for other jobs. If Jim did not change his attitude, he would also be looking for a new job soon.