7 Deadly Sins of Leadership

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Continuing with the leadership series from Succeed Magazine, inspired by Steven Covey’s Principle – centered leadership, we will discuss some of the worst tactics that leaders can pull and how to clear communication lines. As promised, here they are:


1. WEALTH WITHOUT WORK: This implies manipulation, by getting something without nothing.

2. PLEASURE WITHOUT CONSCIENCE: Learn to give and take, to live selflessly, be sensible, and considerate. Be responsible and account in pleasurable activities.

3. KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT CHARACTER: This is internally dangerous and negative.

4. COMMERCE WITHOUT MORALITY: Business without ethics creates an immoral environment. Stewardship and fairness should underlie every ethical business transaction.

5. SCIENCE WITHOUT HUMANITY: Remember the higher purposes your technology is striving to serve.

6. RELIGION WITHOUT SACRIFICE: Sacrifice self to serve other.

7. POLITICS WITHOUT POWER: With no guiding principle, there is no direction. The key to a healthy society is to get a value system aligned with correct, natural principles.


When followers believe, trust and respect the leader, the team will follow him/her because they want to. This is a rare mark of quality, distinction and excellence in relationships and it encourages ethical behaviour and self-control. Power must always be used with patience, gentleness, acceptance, kindness, openness and integrity.


Communication lines are clear with open perception and credibility. When ready for change, the leader must make sure that the team is prepared. Encourage understanding. Words must be chosen carefully, especially in strained relationships. One-on-one communication is very important. Improving your interpersonal behaviour enables you to listen deeply and effectively, without using emotion. Use your heart and eyes to listen; this is more powerful and motivational. Then you must use your logic, by listening with your ears. Use sympathy, by understanding how others feel, and empathy, by staying open during communication and open to being influenced. Effective communication is built on trust and trustworthiness.

Information from succeed Botswana Magazine, derived from Steve Covey’s Principle-Centered leadership, published by Simon & Schuster


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