5 Leadership Limitations Young Leaders Should Avoid

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5 Leadership Limitations Young Leaders Should Avoid

Leadership limitations? Yes! I am going to digress a bit and talk about the limiting factors to leadership development. I know we all want motivation. But at the same time, we all need to address the problems to our improvement. Knowing about them helps us to become better at what we do and what aspire to become.

I am not going to dive deep into the limitations. I am only going to point out the basic ones that is common to virtually all young professionals. The leadership future of everyone who wants to build on their strengths and improve daily on their weaknesses is always sure. All it takes is more dedication, more effort but less stress. Below are five leadership limitations that can harm your leadership development:


John C. Maxwell is credited with this quote: “It takes trial to grow a leader”. In the face of adversity or leadership crisis, how do you respond as a leader? Do you become better knowing that it’s a testing period in your leadership career? Or do you become bitter telling yourself that the crisis is going to consume you? 

No great leader become great by shying away in the adversity. Every leader experiences trials and crisis, but successful ones turn the situation into strengths and weather the storm. Courage and firmness in the face of adversity is the single biggest factor to overcoming fear.

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Impatient leaders often lacks good communication sense with their followers or individuals. Many impatient leaders usually communicate aggressively toward colleagues and their reaction is usually negative. They lack the ability to encourage and admonish. In extreme situations, a highly aggressive leader can result in other negative outcomes, such as passive-aggressive behaviors, resentment, alienation, dissatisfaction, high turnover rates, sabotage and deep bitterness.


“To be without guile is to be free of deceit, cunning, hypocrisy, and dishonesty in thought or action”. — Joseph B. Wirthlin. How do you know a leader or someone who is deceitful? Bruce Rhoades says “Behaviors can distinguish a deceitful leader from a genuine leader.” Deceitful Leaders divide people and focus on narrow issues that has nothing to do with the vision. A deceitful leader is not always straight in his leadership.


A famous quote by Buddha goes thus; “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” Anger keeps people feeling insecure. It is never a leadership skill. Anger comes from one of insecurity, fear or mistrust. It’s the job of every young professional who wants to be better at leading to move away from anger. It has rendered many dreams, career and future goals useless and without direction.

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Are you a jealous leader? It’s time to grow up and know that being jealous is tormenting. John D. Rockefeller said, “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” Jealousy elevates fears and anger.

How do you keep away from jealousy? Doug Dickerson suggests putting forth a shared vision and by exploiting the skills, talents, and resources of every team member. When a leader is elevating team members instead of tearing them down everyone wins.

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