12 Deadly Sins of Leaders

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard.”

~  Peter Drucker

12 Deadly Sins of Leaders

by William A. Howatt

  1. Not being aware of the value of staff development.
  2. Wanting to be liked more than respected.
  3. Not implementing an effective vertical and horizontal communications system.
  4. Not being aware of the impact of negative comments.
  5. Not asking team members for their opinion on a regular basis.
  6. Not following the same rulebook as the team.
  7. Not promoting self-accountability.
  8. Not focusing on skills and talents of the team.
  9. Not being available.
  10. Not being visible on a regular basis.
  11. Not passing on information.
  12. Not building clear agreement and commitment on a yearly basis (Howatt, 2008, p.13).

From:  Howatt, W. A., (2008).  Leadership vs. management.  Kentville, Nova Scotia: Howatt HR Consulting Inc.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

Coaching Call To Action

Are you committing one of the 12 deadly sins of leadership?  What are 3 actions you can take this week to be a better leader?


When I was going through my Dad’s files a few weeks ago, I found a piece of paper with The Lone Ranger’s Creed by Fran Striker, co-creator of the Lone Ranger.  I hope it touches and guides you as it has me.

The Lone Ranger’s Creed

  1. I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.
  2. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
  3. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
  4. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
  5. That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
  6. That “this government, of the people, by the people, and for the people,” shall live always.
  7. That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
  8. That sooner or later… somewhere… somehow… we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
  9. That all things change, but the truth, and the truth alone lives on forever.
  10. I believe in my Creator, my country, my fellow man.