How to Spot an Ineffective LeaderThey Complain

However, the problem with many unsuccessful teams is that these leaders tend to demonstrate an annoying characteristic. They often lack focus. This means: Their strategy is too complex.

They use jargon.

When communicating their strategies, they use buzzwords and acronyms rather than simple English. They then wonder why they struggle to get ‘buy in’ from their employees. They expect everyone to be motivated by the profitability of the organization. They don’t understand that employees are not motivated by increasing profits or cutting costs. Rather, employees are interested in how they can contribute to some great purpose – or something that will benefit them and their own families.

They develop too many goals.

As a result, employees are often confused about what exactly is expected of them.

They believe in the broad brush.

Ineffective leaders believe that broad-brush strategies are sufficient. They leave the details to their team. They expect their team to implement unclear strategies without any guidance from them.