Are You Guilty Of One (Or More) Of These Behaviors That Can Derail Your Career?

By | August 8, 2021

[August 8, 2021]  Executive business leaders can make it to the top of their organization for a variety of reasons. In addition to actual skill and education, one’s personality can play a large role in getting them to the top. Since no one is perfect, it is fairly common for business leaders to also have problematic behaviors. While some can be resolved fairly easily — and do little harm — others can derail an entire career.

Not sure if you exhibit one (or more) of the behaviors that can damage everything you’ve worked so hard to earn? The Leader Maker shares four tendencies that all executives should work to tame.

You aren’t coachable or open to advice

Individuals who are not coachable are often not willing to hear or internalize feedback of any kind. They often don’t like to accept advice from anyone — even from those who have more experience.

Businesses thrive when people collaborate and work together. This involves being willing to be seen as imperfect and to validate the ideas of others. People respect senior executives who are always working to improve themselves. Trying to create a facade of ultimate authority and superiority doesn’t benefit anyone — including yourself. Shed toxic, perfectionistic beliefs that were part of old management styles. Instead, welcome feedback, advice, and coaching for yourself. Doing so will allow you to continue your professional growth.

You ignore important details

Whether you lead an organization or run your own business, some top leaders skip over important details that absolutely need to be addressed. This is especially true for administrative details. When you ignore critical tasks — primarily legal ones — you could put your business in a position to be fined or face dire consequences.

Completing duties such as applying for business licenses, business formation, paying all applicable taxes, and getting mandated inspections are just a few examples. Rather than handling these tasks yourself (or internally), you can often find ways to outsource. For example, when looking to complete your business formation papers, a registered agent NJ can handle the work for you.

You aren’t ‘all in’

Do you find it challenging to get behind your organization with everything you have? As an executive, this is arguably one of the most damaging behaviors to exhibit. Not having the desire or motivation to integrate yourself within the business can quickly cause others to question whether you are suited for your current position. Left unchanged, this can lead to being let go from your company.

You upstage others to make yourself look better

Routinely upstaging others on purpose can rapidly cause you to lose trust and acceptance within an organization. It is an even more egregious situation when executives throw people under the proverbial bus to advance their careers status. Under no circumstances should you ever put down others to make yourself look better.

In addition to the behaviors listed above, there are many more that can put you (and your career) in a bad position. To avoid many of these potentially career-derailing habits, always aim to work with integrity, excellence, and compassion.

The Leader Maker provides relevant news for those in (or preparing to be in) a senior executive leadership role. Read the latest news and advice today.


Author: Annabelle Harris

Annabelle Harris is a 67-year-old writer, wife, mother, and grandmother. She started blogging nearly a decade ago when she was still facing the prospect of retirement and old age. She was terrified and needed an outlet for her thoughts, fears, and uncertainties. It was through her first blog that she found the support of a community that truly helped her through the process of aging.

12 thoughts on “Are You Guilty Of One (Or More) Of These Behaviors That Can Derail Your Career?

  1. corralesdon

    Good article, thanks. 😊
    I always look forward to guests that Gen. Satterfield has for us.
    Well done! Keep up your great works, Annabelle Harris.

    1. Greg Heyman

      Yes, I wish her the best as well. But, we all need to be focused on keeping good ideas on track and helping those who struggle. Thanks again to Gen. Satterfield for providing us with this forum.

      1. Mr. T.J. Asper

        It is what we make of it. We must push ourselves toward the ultimate goal of perfection BUT also recognize as mature adults that we will never reach that goal.

      2. ZB22

        Stay on track.
        Adopt responsibility.
        Tell the truth.
        Make your bed.
        Don’t get distracted by stupidity.
        Respect others but don’t take gruff off anybody.
        Nuff said.

  2. Janna Faulkner

    Ms. Harris!!! Right, You aren’t ‘all in’ and you will fail. This points to basic responsibility, one of Gen. Satterfield’s main themes. You may not be “happy happy” all the time but you will be most satisfied with your life with more reasonability. That is the heart of being human.

  3. Lynn Pitts

    Remember “old age” is what you think of it, not others. Hang in there and keep writing. Gen. Satterfield provides a great space for leadership ideas and to even test out some new, innovative thinking. Those of us in the forums that discuss his blog have found it with a supportive network of good folks who can help you develop your ideas.

    1. Darwin Lippe

      This is a great leadership website. Fortunately we don’t have crazies or nasty folks here in the comment section (the forums). Thanks Lynn for pointing that out. I wish Annabelle all the luck and brainpower to keep on going in her pursuits.

    2. Guns are Us

      Thanks Lynn. I wish we were all as supportive. But that also means pointing out holes in folks ideas. I try to do so to keep myself mentally sharp.

  4. benrhodesatDOS

    Ms. Harris. Keep on ‘a written! Well done. I hope to be a writer someday.

    1. Joe Omerrod

      Yes, another great article on a great website by Gen. Satterfield.


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