We hear all the time about what great leaders should be like.
- How they’re empathetic
- How they’re humble, yet driven
- How they’re transparent, ethical, inspiring
But what about the traits that make for poor leaders? I’ve worked for a variety of editors and CEOs over my career — for leaders who were inspiring and for leaders who were cancerous — and in reflecting on what sort of leader I want to be, now, I draw from those negative experiences just as often as I do the positive ones.