Monday, April 25, 2011


Here are twelve indicators to know that leadership is lacking:

1. I wait for someone to tell me what to do rather than taking the initiative myself.

2. I spend too much time talking about how things should be different.

3. I blame the context, surroundings, or other people for my current situation.

4. I am more concerned about being cool or accepted than doing the right thing.

5. I seek consensus rather than casting vision for a preferable future.

6. I am not taking any significant risks.

7. I accept the status quo as the way it’s always been and always will be.

8. I start protecting my reputation instead of opening myself up to opposition.

9. I procrastinate to avoid making a tough call.

10. I talk to others about the problem rather than taking it to the person responsible.

11. I don’t feel like my butt is on the line for anything significant.

12. I ask for way too many opinions before taking action.

-Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson, 


  1. Clint, I have to disagree with number 5 as an either/or proposition. I think it's both/and. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Ivy, I'm glad you're pushing back on the list. With a list like this, there should be a bit of push back. However, if I read it correctly, what they mean is that leaders only move forward when they have consensus, and that isn't healthy or effective leadership. At least that's my take.

  3. Thanks Clint, that makes better sense.