Reasons Why Leaders Fail

I saw this on Twitter and visited the site. There is an interesting slant from a psychological point of view. They list 7 reasons why leaders fail. Are there only 7? What are other reasons?

Around two-thirds of workers say the most stressful aspect of their jobs is their immediate boss, their line manager (Hogan, 2006). While this will come as no surprise to most, this statistic suggests a massive number of unhappy working relationships. So, does this mean that leadership is failing on a massive scale? Well, not exactly…

A recent article published in American Psychologist beautifully explains why so many people experience their managers as piping hot geysers of stress (Vugt, Hogan & Kaiser, 2008). What emerges is that bosses aren’t inherently bad people (mostly), but that the modern culture of work sets them up to fail. Here are the seven main reasons I’ve picked out from this article for why leaders fail:

1. Strict hierarchies.
2. Poor decision-making.
3. Huge pay differentials.
4. Impossible standards for leaders…

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