What do you think is the biggest factor that contributed to the success of most businesses? Is it their money? Is it their unmatched products or services? Or is it their superb customer support?

Could be.

But one thing is for sure. A business cannot achieve its vision if it doesn’t have a great leader. Because a leader is like the head of a family. He supports you. He inspires you. And he influences you. If you are not capable of doing these, then your team won’t be able to work together, and your company will fall apart.

If you don’t want that to happen, then you should identify the signs of poor leadership early on. If you let these signs continue to worsen, then you might be heading towards failure.

Here are the most common signs of poor leadership:

Your employees are disengaged.

In an article of Recruiter.com written by Shaley McKeever, they define disengaged employees as someone who put time – but not energy or passion – into their work. So these are basically the people who just go to work for the sake of having a work.

I stumbled upon a nice infographic from Office Vibe illustrating 13 personality traits of disengaged employees. Here it is:

13 Personality Traits Of A Disengaged Employee

This infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe, the employee engagement platform that helps managers see the ROI of company culture while making employees happier and more motivated at work.
So why do disengaged employees one of the signs of poor leadership?

Based on the study of Dale Canergie and MSW, leadership is one of the key drivers of employee engagement.

Take a look at this:

driver of employee engagement

Above stats show that 80% of employees are dissatisfied with their direct manager (could be you the business owner) and 70% of them do not believe in your leadership abilities.

You’re too stingy to invest even in the most important things.

You won’t achieve success if you are not willing to invest. Do you provide the right tools to your employees to help them work faster? Or do you only rely on free things found in the internet?

When was the last time you signed up your employees to a skills training or leadership course? Do you provide support to your employees whenever there are upcoming seminars and conferences?

As I have mentioned earlier, a leader is like the head of a family. He supports and provides the needs of his employees to enable them to grow and do their work better.

But if you are too stingy to invest even in the most important things, your company will only grow slowly.


You’ve been receiving a lot of complaints from your clients.

When you regularly receive lots of client complaints, it is one of the signs of poor leadership. Let’s trace it back.


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Your clients complain because your team is unable to deliver what your clients want. Missed deadlines… Unsatisfactory service… etc.

Why would your team be able to miss deadlines or deliver an unsatisfactory service? Maybe because they lack the guidance and support from you as their boss and leader.

You don’t regularly check the status of the project. You don’t provide the tools that can accelerate the job of your employees. And many other reasons.

While there are truly unreasonable customers (or even unreasonable employees), still, most of the problems can be traced back to your poor leadership.


Your employees are resigning.

How many of your employees have handed over their resignation paper over the past three months? Two? Five? Ten?

Or maybe, even your company’s most senior and most skilled employees have left you after all those gruelling years.

If your employees are leaving your company one after the other, then this might be because of your poor leadership. Remember, employees don’t leave companies, they leave people.

Leaders aren’t called leaders if they only bark orders. A true great leader is someone who also considers the well-being of his people which includes their career growth, emotional aspects, good professional relationships and even financial aspects.

How about you? What other signs of poor leadership do you know? Please share your thoughts in the comment box.

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Specialising is business processes, frameworks and systems, Grant has founded multiple businesses that all operate to target the key fundamental of scalability. His goal is to improve millions of people's lives by assisting business owners to succeed.