You can read article after article dedicated to nurturing a leader’s growth. They give lots and lot of practical advice and insights designed for you to cultivate this growth. Today, I want to take a different approach to this subject. I want to emphasize 8 ways you can slow your growth as a leader. Of course, if you do want to grow as a leader, you should not do any of the following ideas.
8 ways to slow leadership growth
Don’t delegate jobs.
Try to do everything yourself. Why get 8 hours of sleep each night when you can survive on only 2 hours of sleep?
Many of the people you work with in your life may have many hidden talents that you are not aware of. They might be better at doing certain things than you are. To engage them and have them help you would be an ineffective use of your energy. Instead you should burn yourself out by amassing large amounts of responsibility that you can’t possibly manage.
Don’t read journals or listen to audio self-help cds. Don’t read books or newspapers to expand your mind. It is probably best if you refuse to change your perspective once you learn of other people’s opinions and methods. Why should you become more compassionate and well-informed when you can just close your mind to any learning opportunities?
Invest in fiscal irresponsibility.
Money comes and goes. You should not worry yourself with trying to keep any kind of a budget. Why try to stay within any types of financial boundaries? It is probably not a really good idea to give any money to those who might be in need of your help. Besides, that is their problem. If they can’t help themselves then they don’t deserve your money. Maybe they should just have the government help them. Saving and planning for the financial long-term only decreases your present momentary pleasure.
Make your mission all about you.
This is an awesome opportunity for you to build your pride. It’s ok to become upset when others take their attention off you to serve others. Maybe you should get some 8 x 10 pictures of yourself and hang them in your office so everyone can see who the most important person is in your life. You should focus on your needs, your goals, your expectations, and not on Christ’s command to us to love others as He has loved us.
Forget having a vision or big picture plan.
Why should you try to stay on track with any goals in your life when you can just be spontaneous all the time. A big picture can unify a team, but then you miss out on the fun of constantly bickering, arguing, and awkward tension. If you can cut off communication with fellow workers, you have the opportunity to create your own mini impenetrable fortress within your company. That way you can shelter yourself from any types of change or hurts that might be associated with dealing with people.
Under all circumstances, refuse to take charge.
If a great disaster should come your way, you should refuse the temptation to try to take charge of the situation. By taking charge, you run the risk of making a mistake and you don’t want people to think you are not perfect. A group of people can lead themselves. They many wander around a bit, acting like as though they are lost, but eventually they will get it. You definitely should not act on the company’s best interests or try to squash any false rumors. The best thing you can possibly do for yourself is to not act at all. You may have been hired to be a leader, but that is not what they really want, right?
You should pull as may U-turns as possible by retracting promises and not practicing what you preach. You should not show up when you said you would be there. Be wishy-washy in your directions by being vague, ignoring consequences, and then changing them right before they are completed. You need to try to make people question your trustworthiness.
Don’t invest in next generation leaders.
You should focus on destroying all the hard work you and others have done by making sure everything you have done will come crashing down if you are not there. You definitely should not try to prevent future mistakes by sharing what you’ve learned with young upcoming leaders. Why should you bother impacting and shaping upcoming leaders when you won’t be around to see what they do anyway?
Well, I hope this was as hard for you to read as it was for me to write. Of course all these ideas are completely ridiculous. With that being said, how many of us find ourselves doing and thinking some of these things sometimes?
The reason I wrote this blog the way I did was because I wanted to take an approach to this subject matter that would grab your attention and really make you think about how our actions, reactions, and perspectives can have a lasting effect on those around us.
To really grow as a leader you must focus on doing things that will help you grow as a leader and you must work at doing those things everyday so that over time growth has a chance to occur. The option of working to purposely not grow yourself as a leader is not really as cool as it might seem!