One of the most challenging issues that a leader must address is that of dealing with awful personalities.
There are many challenging issues that those trying to develop a strong team have to deal with, but people with a nasty attitude ranks high on the list.
Abraham Lincoln once said about the use of power, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
The use of power is a test of character. However, many people negatively use power.
Obnoxious personalities can destroy the creativity of any group. The creative mind does not like to spend their time dealing with conflict. Therefore, many will avoid interaction with awful people.
Here are seven awful personalities that can destroy your organization.
Number 1 – The Suppressor
An appalling personality can suppress the desire of daydreaming.
Daydreaming can be one of the most creative and productive processes for any team or organization.
George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, once said, “I’m not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living.”
Consequently, daydreaming is not appreciated by most overpowering awful personalities.
Number 2 – The Discourager
Obnoxious personalities can discourage those they lead to be observers of their surroundings.
As a result, this type of leader does not encourage the team to share their thoughts and their ideas.
These people block creativity and skills of everyone on the team.
Number 3 – The “Do Not Allow” Creativity Leader
An awful personality or team leader does not allow those that are under their leadership to have time to be creative. Therefore, this type of person kills creativity.
Their schedule is the law. It would be best for those on the team to have some say as to what works best for creative juices to flow. However, an insecure leader is not innovative and will not allow creativity to be expressed. In fact, creative people scare some leaders.
Many people do possess this trait, and a confident leader recognizes that creative people are risk takers, creators, inventors, and builders.
A good leader recognizes that those who have a creative mind look at the world around them and want to know why, and how, it is the way it is.
Lousy team leaders just cannot see these personality traits in their team members.
Number 4 – The Destroyer of Solitude
Obnoxious personalities and overpowering leaders do not encourage solitude.
They do believe in giving those they lead to have time to themselves.
They fail to understand that many times the creative mind works best in solitude.
Overpowering leaders do not see the values of solitude. Albert Einstein once said about being alone, “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.”
There is great learning that can take place in quiet moments.
Number 5 – The Blocker of New Experiences
Another personality trait that suppresses the creativity of others is when they do not allow them to seek out new experiences.
A good leader understands that there are many skills, resources, talents, and opportunities that are outside of their personal experiences.
The healthy team leader encourages those they lead to finding new ideas and possibilities. Not so, with overpowering awful personalities.
Number 6 – The Ignorer of Others
A bad leader is not a people watcher.
However, creative people are extreme people watchers. They are observant by nature. They are curious about the lives of other people and are comfortable in being people watchers.
A good leader would see people watching as a treasure for their organization or company. A leader with an awful personality suppresses this type of behavior.
What kind of leader are you?
How do you deal with obnoxious personalities?
Are you an obnoxious and overpowering personality?
Simply stated, an overpowering, obnoxious personality can destroy the health and potential of any team, but creative team members can unleash unbelievable potential.