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Every leader has sat down at some point and researched the best skills and habits they should hone. But what about the bad leadership habits? People often forget to learn which habits they should not acquire. Let’s explore some of the most common habits of a bad leader:

Unwillingness to Change

If there is one bad habit of leadership, it is an unwillingness to change. Leadership exists on a continuum and leaders must keep up with it. For example, typewriters were popular in the 1970s. If you have a boss who is so fixed in his ways that he still uses a typewriter, this is a sign of someone who is unwilling to change.

The harsh reality is this: leaders who embrace “what is” by failing to broaden their worldview will be replaced by those who pursue “what if” by embracing new and creative ways of thinking.


One of the worst habits you can have as a leader is micromanagement. When you manage every little detail of your employee’s schedules, work and lives, they are bound to become unhappy. No one likes being micromanaged and it is one of the most common reasons employees seek other employment. When you’re feeling the urge to micromanage, remind yourself that you hired a team of capable, hard-working individuals.


Like most things, credibility is not given but rather earned. As a leader, it is part of your job to earn that credibility from your employees. One of the fastest possible ways to lose credibility is to be inconsistent. Being consistent in your instructions, viewpoints and vision helps others on your team trust you and earns you credibility in their eyes. If you are always changing your directions or taking a new stance on things, people will begin to lose their trust in you.


As a leader, if you are perceived as judgemental, you will immediately alienate people. Being judgmental is ever a good trait but it is even worse when you are in a leadership position. How can you fix it? If you find yourself judging someone, reign yourself in. Remind yourself not to jump to any conclusions without knowing the facts.

If you want to be the best possible leader you can be, do not display any of these habits: judgment, inconsistency, micromanagement and an inability to change.