Leadership failures may be either individual or organizational. The individual leadership failures
include ignoring boundaries, lack of moral compass, failure to use self-control and having the
entitlement view. The organizational leadership failures that I am familiar with include lack of
clarity, lack of positive role models, firing scapegoats instead of finding where the problem is
and lack of accountability in the workplace.
Ignoring boundaries is the case where the leaders ignore the Ethics Codes and Organizational
values that forbid a given action. In such a case, the leaders are likely to go against the code of
ethics to the detriment of the organization. Ignoring boundaries may come as a result of the lack
of a moral compass and the failure to use self-control. The leaders who have an entitlement view
may do their best to get what they want to the detriment of the people that they are leading in the
organization which includes ignoring the boundaries. Such failures may be mitigated by
showing the people the importance of staying within the boundaries.
The organizational leadership failures may also affect the operation of an organization. Lack of
clarity may lead to the employees in the workplace failing to follow the rules in the company
because they are not aware of what is needed of them. Lack of positive role models makes the
followers to fail because they do not have an example of how people who uphold ethics in an
organization look like. The companies that have leaders who are role models are likely to
cultivate a culture of ethics because the other leaders in the organization have the real role
models. The lack of accountability is what makes the leaders in the organization to fire the
scapegoats instead of finding the cause of the problem that they are facing in the organization.
The company may therefore develop a culture of upholding ethical standards which will be a
solution to the organizational failures.
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Decision‐Making. Journal of leadership studies, 11(2), 45-47.