Types of People Who NEVER Succeed in Leadership

It didn’t take long to figure out I didn’t want to follow this person in office. From the outside he looked like the statue of leadership.  He was always dressed well, he had built a good business, he had a great family to be with, and most of the people in the office respected him.  However once I began to peel back the onion cover and saw him interact with others when things were not going his way, I saw that person whom I didn’t want to follow anytime.


It was a proof for me that Peter Browning’s definition of leadership was damn accurate:

“The capacity to elicit the willing collaboration of others over a sustainable period of time.”

Not only could this man not elicit my willing collaboration, he certainly couldn’t do it over a sustainable period of time.  This got me thinking what types of people will never succeed in leadership?

The Non-Passionate Professional

They neither love nor hate their job. For them, it’s just work – show up, perform task and get paid. They look at the world with the approach of half empty glass or with a victim mentality.  Rarely They look to help others, unless there’s something in it for them. Once Dr. Will Sparks said, “Great Leaders have connected to something larger than themselves and they do what needs to be done. They don’t go out looking for sympathy or to get kudos for working hard. Over time it pays off and what’s amazing is, once it starts to grow, it will it grow exponentially.” Clearly it’s critical to have passion and believe in something larger than yourself and this type of person just doesn’t understand that.

The “I Need It Now” Person

We live in an immediate gratification world and this person can never seem to turn it off. They need “Everything Now”.  They are the type of person who goes on a diet and then starts complaining in just 3 days because they don’t “see” the results.  Research tells that people who are capable in delaying gratification, they get the bigger payoff in the long-term journey, and they typically sit in the corner cabin of the office.  It takes sacrifice in order to delay gratification and hence this leads to success. As Rick Riodan famously said, “True success requires sacrifice.”

The Money Loving Executive

There is nothing inherently wrong with money. It’s a need for everyone, however “The Money Loving Executive” is ruled by it. These people check their net worth on a daily basis. They think about profit over people, and they check their personal worth by how much they make in a month/year. The problem with these people is that “enough is never enough.” Someone or the other will always have more money than them. They continuously work for a short-term purpose which provides them with short-term ups and downs.

The One-Man-Band (or Woman)

We all must have been around the person who thinks they are the one and only who can do it “the right” way.  They live and die by the motto “if you want things done right, do it yourself.”  Unfortunately, this is just the opposite of Peter Browning’s definition of leadership which I used as a reference earlier because nothing worthwhile can be accomplished by one person alone.  Of all the types of people, this one is the hardest to change because their ego, self-esteem and selfish interests tend to be in-built in their behavior. A great leader enjoys in teaching others and puts in their full trust on their team.

See yourself; do you fit in any of these types? The good news is, you are self-aware enough to realize which type of behavior is yours, and you have the ability to change.