16/20 – 20 Questions for Leaders, Which Behaviour or Trait Have You Seen Derail More Leaders’ Careers?

What is the one behaviour or trait that you have seen derail more leaders’ careers?

Without a doubt, I would say that honesty is the quality that has caused most leaders to fail.

This can take numerous forms, like not being truthful about:

  • – What was achievable, i.e. over committing, then under-delivering
  • – The current status of the project, i.e. misleading people on the level of progress made
  • – Costs
  • – The real reason for why actions were being taken
  • – Personal interests

It could also be arrogance, in that they don’t think that their lies will be found out, but it all comes down to honesty.

Without honesty, there is no trust.

This is why honesty is probably one of the most sought-after qualities in leaders.

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