Overcoming Bad Leaders

Not all leaders are created equal. The problem today is how to do we separate the good leaders from the bad ones. In many cases, leaders emerge from the shadows when they are asked to step up and present their inner character and core values as well.  If you truly want to determine someone’s leadership prowess, give them power and their true leadership colors will shine through.

The Top 10 Signs You Are A Bad Leader

  1. A leader who has tunnel vision and lacks a vision that inspires their team.
  2. A leader who lacks character or integrity.
  3. A leader who lacks a track record of success
  4. A leader who fails to communicate
  5. A leader who feels they know it all
  6. A leader who is selfish not selfless
  7. A leader who is “My way or The highway” as their approach to leading others
  8. A leader who sees kindness as weakness and lacks humility and empathy for others
  9. A leader who lacks focus and discipline
  10. A leader who cannot take accountability


Questions To Ask Your Team: 

Q1: What traits do you consider be bad leadership ?

Q2: Is the real world a true test of leadership?

Q3: What makes a good leader go bad?

Q4: Leaders need courage to be great leaders – true or false?

Q5: A leader who takes “my way or the highway” as their approach to leadership is leading nowhere fast? Agree/Disagree?

Q6: A leader must have a track record of success to be considered a great leader? True or False?

Q7: How do we separate the good leaders from the bad ones?

Q8: Emerging leaders need to heed what traits to #bealeader ?

Jennifer Olney
Over the course of my career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development. As the Founder and Director of Business BEALEADER, I bring my experience to the table to expand the knowledge base for those seeking to find their own leader within. In 2011, I created BEALEADER to be a platform for individuals to share their expertise and leadership to make others better by being a resource of business, career and marketing solutions for those who are just starting out or maybe have a “few” years under their belt and need keep their skills fresh. In addition to the BEALEADER platform, I have developed the business units BEALEADER Business Services, which provides marketing, business development and human resource management services and BEALEADER Executive Coaching Services, which provides one on one and group coaching services to executives and individuals. These business units expand our ability and brand to make others better as we reach out to our audience with these unique product offerings. In 2014, I was named to the Inc.com list of Top 101 Leadership Speakers and I have written for several publications such as Yahoo! Small Business, Business 2 Community and others. I have also co-hosted several podcasts and in 2015 will be hosting the BEALEADER podcast for our audience as well.
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  • October 15, 2013


    “SusanMazza: Overcoming Bad Leaders #bealeader Tweetchat http://t.co/gEMV8bpPXx -Thanks,Susan

  • October 15, 2013


    donna_tribe just featured you on my RebelMouse https://t.co/qCgBLBzKXM

  • October 16, 2013


    JohnBossong gingerconsult quite a big challenge i’d say…

  • October 16, 2013


    THIS is going to be quite thought provoking, Jen. I am looking forward to it. I like how you worded it above ~ “…if you want to see someone’s leadership prowess, give them power and their true leadership colors will shine through.” ~ Yep, every time.

  • October 16, 2013

    Jen Olney

    AlaskaChickBlog It works every time, Amber-Lee. You give someone power and stand back. You will see their true self. This conversation should be eye opening. I know we all know some bad leaders and have stories how we have overcome their evil ways.

  • October 16, 2013

    Jen Olney

    @mslifeandstuff donna_tribe RebelMouse Thank you very much

  • October 16, 2013

    Jen Olney

    @mesu33 JohnBossong gingerconsult A huge challenge but not one that we cannot manage. Bad leaders are everywhere at every level in our society but we can combat them.

  • October 20, 2013


    MeghanMBiro gingerconsult justaquascapin i can agree on that

  • October 21, 2013


    geekgirlusa When is the next Tweetchat? #bealeader