5 Traits of a Selfish Leader

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I wanted to stretch our understanding of what it looks like to be a selfish leader. Most of us can identify the obvious behaviors of selfish people, but I wanted to stick with the selfish business practices alone. Review the following 5 Traits of a Selfish Leader:

  1. Takes all the credit: leaders that constantly steal the glory of team member’s success. This is a dangerous and foolish error on a leader’s part because it demolishes trust and will prevent future collaboration and employee effort.
  2. Sabotages promotions for personal gain: even when employees are developed and ready to be shipped on to their next challenge leaders can find reasons to selfishly hold them back. Everyone has opportunities to grow, but leveraging strengths rather than finding minute problems will maximize employee’s development and career. It’s a leader’s responsibility to promote employees when they’re ready, and not hold them back due to selfish gains.
  3. Hoards best practices: leaders that learn best practices and refuse to share will often find themselves in quick wins yet guaranteed loss. Sharing with others is a way to show unselfish collaboration and care for other employees. The competitive edge in business is far less impacting than the willingness to help others win.
  4. Avoids flexibility: each manager must balance their tolerance and ability to show flexibility. When leaders become so fixated on policy they lose their sense of empathy, employees lose their connection to their leader. There is a fine line, but when an employee truly needs flexibility once in a while, try to accommodate and show you care.
  5. Avoids other’s views: the most common use of selfishness in business is anti-collaboration. When those who view things differently get shunned from discussion, a leader shows their inability to gain additional perspective. Teamwork and inclusion of other’s opinions are incredibly important to consider in order to grow diverse and powerful teams.

Selfishness is off-putting and often difficult to self-diagnose. Often we justify the behaviors mentioned above for ridiculous reasons that mean nothing to our teams. Try to analyze your previous interactions and decisions of the current quarter and determine if you are guilty of these traits of a selfish leader. Partner with those who might not be like you, and focus on developing daily.

Michael Dooley 

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Question: What other traits do selfish leaders demonstrate? 
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11 thoughts on “5 Traits of a Selfish Leader

  1. nice post. a selfish leader is a bad leader, although he or she might not look bad to most because only those closest can see the selfishness. in fact, the inverse is true–selfish leaders often look like great leaders to most people in the organization.

  2. Great post! Selfish leaders are usually short-lived ones. Their selfish and somewhat insecure actions (not crediting employees etc) are really all actions that contribute toward the creation of a noose; a noose which wraps neatly around the length of time they get to lead. The more they continue to be selfish, the tighter the noose becomes, until eventually they end up strangling their term of leadership.

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