Through the years, I have heard dozens of leadership experts enumerate the qualities of great leaders. Seldom, though, do they speak plainly about the ‘syndromes of leadership’. When I talk about leadership syndrome in this article, I am referring to a group of ‘negative’ self-sabotaging behavioural patterns that affect your effectiveness as a leader.
Many leaders are aware that certain characteristics or behaviour patterns can sabotage and diminish their effectiveness if not ‘managed’. Articles and books have been written that address the phenomenon of these self-sabotaging behaviours. The expression ‘you are your own worst enemy’ rings true when it comes to the leadership syndrome.
Although not all leaders acknowledge it, all leaders possess these negative characteristics at differing levels. In fact, some of the most incredibly creative and powerful leaders in the world have had these syndromes in spades.
In my book new book, Leadership Syndromes: Identifying and Eliminating Self-Sabotaging Behaviours That Affect Your Effectiveness as a Leader, I expand on the following leadership:
- Lack of Self-Awareness Syndrome
- Self-Limiting Beliefs Syndrome
- Jealousy Syndrome
- Pride Syndrome
- Unforgiveness Syndrome
- Power Hunger Syndrome
- Hero Leader Syndrome
- Approval Addiction Syndrome
- Know-It-All Syndrome
- Impostor Syndrome
- Ignoring Development Needs Syndrome
- Not Prioritising Networking and Collaborative relationships Syndrome
Why pay attention to the leadership syndrome?
Paying attention to these:
- Helps you become aware of someone’s reality, which gives you greater ability to measure your actions against your impact. Being able to view a situation through someone else’s eyes is a great gift, which helps with overall effectiveness.
- Helps you manage yourself under stress. Stress often causes our dark side of leadership to emerge. When we are under great pressure, we often allow our shadow side a free rein. Acknowledging this helps moderate the effects.
- Helps you create powerful emotional connections with others as you are acknowledging your humanity.
- Facilitates you with more choices when compelled to behave in a certain way.
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Article written by Vongai Nyahunzvi, Executive Director of VCN Consultancy Services l leadership development l Executive Coaching l Talent Development l Team Development l Author