Describe at least three ways in which a leader can fail
and how those failures can be avoided.
What are key leadership styles/traits/characteristics
needed to avoid failure as a leader?
an exploitive-authoritarian leader is one of the best ways to fail as a
leader. If a supervisor does not have confidence in their subordinates
and makes all the decisions from their point of view is a fast way to fail as a
leader. For example, when I worked at a prison there was a policy set in
place where the officers working had their keys taken away from them because
using the keys all the time instead of waiting for the controls center to open
the door was wearing down on the locks. The locks were pretty costly to
maintain so the administration took all the keys away without asking the
officers how that would impact them. This back fired on them one
day. There was a fight that broke out in a module and all the officers responded
to the fight. About a minute after the fight broke out a medical
emergency call was placed on the other side of the building. Officers did
not have keys to get out of the module and it took them an extra few minutes to
get to the medical emergency. That inmate sued the department and won
because of the slow response time. If the administration would have
talked to the officers that work that cell house everyday about the effects of
taking the keys away this issue could have been avoided all together.
can also fail by giving the subordinate too much responsibility.
The leader needs to know the ability of the subordinate and adapt to their
abilities. The way this could be avoided is by proper evaluations to know
the subordinates abilities.
of training is another way that a leader can fail. Training is costly and
for smaller departments budget issues are a huge deal. Leaders need to
understand the importance of having properly trained officers and commit to
spending the money for training.
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