10 Traits of Delussional Leaders

by Jay Deragon on 11/14/2012

Ever met a leader whose beliefs and behaviors are self-serving?  Most everyone has and many currently work for them.

Typically delusional leaders and managers are people who have risen in authority without demonstrating the ability to manage authority. Authority is a right conferred by recognized social positions. Authority often refers to power vested in an individual or organization by a higher power. Authority can also refer to recognized expertise in an area of academic knowledge.

To lead one must learn the knowledge of leadership. To manage one must learn management knowledge.To assume the role of either a manager or leader without knowledge leads to delussional behavior. 

10 Signs of Delussion

  1. Erratic and inconsistent behaviors on important organizational matters
  2. Wildly different behaviors surface when anyone attempts to hold leaders accountable for what they say and do
  3. Politicking to advance the self serving agenda’s but cloaked in language to support the good of the organization
  4. The delusional manager is incapable of seeing the impact of his or her ideas on the organization, the employees, and the customer
  5. Rhetoric and big promises are commonly shared with employees but there is no delivery on promises
  6. Other managers avoid saying anything about the delusional manager or leader
  7. When it comes to the delussional manager’s work area, staff are confused about what’s going on
  8. Employee satisfaction in the delussional leaders company is low
  9. The CEO is unaware of the impact the delussional manager is having on teams, groups, and individuals
  10. Delussional leaders avoid accountability but are quick to blame others for their bad decisions

If you have the above characteristics but automatically deny your malady take the mask off and recognize the truth about your beliefs and subsequent behavior.

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