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Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? And what can we do about it?
Have you ever worked with people who are not as good as they think? This finding won't come as a surprise to most of us, but statistically, these people are more likely to be male than female. That's right - men are typically more deceived about their talents than women are.

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Inability to distinguish

We tend to assume that confident people have more potential for leadership. 

However, there is little overlap between how good people think they are at something, and how good the...

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Charismatic individuals

We seem to want leaders who are charming and entertaining, but a stand-up comedian is not the same as an effective leader.

The best leaders are humble rather than charismatic, to the p...

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Narcissistic individuals

We've always admired famous people, but our admiration for people who admire themselves is on the rise. But true leaders keep their narcissism in check.

Popular advic...

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Spot incompetent people

  • Focus on the right traits. Promote people because of competence, humility, and integrity.
  • Distrust your instincts. Focus less on the impressions people make during job or med...

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The Importance Of Business Ethics

The way to becoming a great leader is through your core values, business ethics and leadership qualities which precede you in both your business and personal life.

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Becoming A Better Leader

  • Read the life stories of those with leadership qualities that you admire and think about how to apply their lessons to your life.
  • Analyze your key relationships regularly and resolve to live in truth with the most important people in your life.
  • Keep your promises and commitments as part of your core values and leadership qualities.

3 Areas Of Life To Develop Integrity

  1. Personal Life: refuse to say or do something that you don’t believe is right and refuse to tolerate or compromise in situations where you are unhappy with the behavior of another.
  2. Financial: Casualness toward money, yours or not, brings financial casualties. Fiercely guard your credit rating, pay your bills in time and keep your word on your financial commitments.
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