Fatal Flaws of a Leader (Part 1)

In part one of this series, John Maxwell shares three of six fatal flaws of a leader. Whether you define the top as a professional position or a personal best, a leader who overlooks these traits will never make it to the top. John defines the first three fatal flaws of a leader as a lack of sensitivity towards people, a betrayal of trust, and the inability to develop people.

Mark Cole candidly shares three recent experiences that relate to each of these flaws, and he helps us see how they can play out in our everyday experiences if we’re not careful. Then Richard Chancy jumps in and provides a practical five-point plan for developing leaders. Mark and Richard ended the hour with a challenge to use the next week to think through which fatal flaw we need to address. Then tell someone about it and take action!

Our BONUS resource for this series is The Fatal Flaws of a Leader Worksheet, which includes fill-in-the-blank notes from John’s teaching. You can download the worksheet by clicking “Download the Bonus Resource” below.

2 thoughts on “Fatal Flaws of a Leader (Part 1)”

  1. Greetings!

    Wow. What a wonderful podcast. I accept this challenge to work on one of these items for the next 7 days and look forward to applying it.

    I learned a lot from this! Overall learning to be kind to others because it’s the way you’d like to be treated. It really is simple, until we don’t do it and then it becomes a matter of ‘what now/next?’ Remembering the Golden Rule with a different perspective pointed out from you all about how we can acknowledge another person feeling betrayed, and then how to go about working it through: NEVER looked at it that way. Love it. The being sensitive to others portion connected to it, taking responsibility for another person’s emotion and moving forward in the relationship, while still being able to hold on to your own personal integrity is a doozy. Everyone involved opinions and feelings matter and should be addressed from their perspective because it’s their truth too. That’s a serious leadership skill!

    Also, getting feedback from people is wonderful. Constructive criticism might not always feel good, but is absolutely necessary for personal and professional development. Then to really review what’s been brought to our attention and adjust.

    Also, hearing you all find flaws in yourself as you’re mid dialogue keeps me hopeful in growing from the inside, to up and out.

    Thank you so much!

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