So you lead. You’re in charge…at least you’re in charge of something or hope to be one day.
But how do you know you’re leading effectively…and that you’re not, well, a jerk?
I mean we’ve all been around leaders who have been extremely difficult to be around.
Think about how badly leaders are often viewed.
Over the years, boss has even become a bad word. If you’re a pushy kid, you get labeled as bossy and people stay away. Hollywood simply needs to put the word “horrible” in front of the word “bosses” in a movie title and everyone smiles because they can relate. Who hasn’t had a horrible boss?
And yet, sometimes there’s a fine line between being an effective leader and being a jerk. The strength required to be a leader can sometimes push you up against the hard edges of your personality.
And when you reach that point you fail. You not only destroy others, you ultimately destroy yourself.
So how do you end up being a jerk instead of being a leader?
Here’s a ten step guide.