Promoting Incompetent Leaders Can Ruin Your Organization

Business Matters

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There are too many incompetent men in leadership positions — in large part because businesses tend to promote people on the basis of charisma, confidence, and even narcissism. Instead, companies should be putting people in charge who demonstrate competence, humility, and integrity. If you’re responsible for assessing leadership candidates, you should work on your ability to distinguish between confidence and competence. Remember that overconfidence is a natural result of privilege, which is often linked to gender. Fortunately, you can use scientifically valid assessments to measure the traits you want (or don’t want) in your leaders. You can ask company leaders, including emerging leaders, to take self-assessments, and then measure their responses against their leadership style, performance, and effectiveness. The resulting data will help identify patterns that characterize good and bad leaders at your company. Of course, this practice will take time and effort, and many organizations won’t want to invest those resources. But vetting candidates for leadership roles will pay dividends down the line.(Culled from Harvard Business Review)

Applying the above to Nigerian business sector, a lot of businesses have gone down the drain because of incompetent leaders. One common mistake most firms make is putting their unqualified children in top positions. These wards have no experience in the leadership but because their parents want the control to remain in the family they go ahead and install them as heads. The moment the original owner dies so also is the business.

At times, earning a leadership position is on a man-know-man basis, through sexual offerings or financial settlements. There are some managers who can only promote you unless there is some personal gains accruing to him. Competence is not the issue but selfishness, greed and wickedness, To a lot of them, as long as they are not the owners of the company they do not care. They do not understand that the survival and success of the company depends on the leadership.

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