Wednesday, January 29

How to Spot and Avoid Red Flags in Leadership

Isabel Thottam

by Isabel Thottam

Leadership is one of the most important functions of a management team in higher education. Not only do the members of the team represent the organization to its students, stakeholders, and the world—but leaders also represent the organization to its employees.

There is a reason we have leaders—we need people to keep the team organized, to make sure it hits goals and meets deadlines. Leaders shape strong workers by inspiring creativity, motivating change, creating confidence, building morale, and initiating action.  Without strong leaders, an organization slowly and surely falls apart. 

Never underestimate the power of strong leadership—should you ever find yourself in a situation where you are working under poor leaders, you will experience firsthand just how important good leadership skills are to a college or university.

But what if you currently work under poor leadership? If you feel uninspired, or lack motivation to complete projects or start new initiatives—before you are too hard on yourself, consider how your institution’s leaders make you feel.

In this article, we’ll discuss red flags signaling poor leadership by diving into the following

  • How can you identify if your organization has poor leadership?
  • What are the top red flags to look for in leadership?
  • How should you respond to poor leadership?
  • How you can improve your leadership skills.

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