This isn’t just for CEOs. It’s for everyone. Score yourself with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for each of these and see how many you get out of 11. Be honest: no one else will know but you.
- Arrogance. You’re right. Everyone else is wrong.
- Melodrama. You always grab the centre of attention.
- Volatility. Your mood shifts are sudden and unpredictable.
- Excessive caution. The next decision you make may be your first.
- Habitual distrust. You focus on the negatives.
- Aloofness. You disengage and disconnect.
- Mischievousness. You know that rules are only suggestions.
- Eccentricity. It’s fun to be different just for the sake of it.
- Passive resistance. Your silence is misinterpreted as acceptance.
- Perfectionists. You get the little things right while the big things go wrong.
- Eagerness to please. You want to win any popularity contest.
So, how did you score? Before you get too pleased with yourself, even if you only gave yourself a ‘yes’ on one of the 11 it can be your downfall – EACH of these is a common reason leaders fail.
These points are from the book “Why CEO’s Fail” The 11 behaviours that can derail your climb to the top and how to manage them. David Dotlich, Peter Cairo. 2003. It’s not just for CEO’s, despite its title.
I now ask that you consider what you can do to alter things so you don’t fail. Consider making a list of your downsides and then what the opposite (or a more positive descriptor) would be, then work on making that happen (didn’t say it would be easy did I!)
Some of you may say there is a time for each of these (perhaps briefly at least) to ensure a devils advocate mix to balance things out, I tend to agree to a point, but where these types of behaviours are part of your normal operating situation, that’s when challenges arise.
Now let me ask, do you want to fail in business or succeed? Chances are (99% sure) that you went for success. So here’s your chance to make it happen so that excellence can begin with you!