The Dark Side of Leadership
Dan McCarthy | Great Leadership
July 07, 2010
Unfortunately, sensitive behavioral feedback is often disguised as positive traits gone bad. That’s why reading between the lines of performance reviews or references is such an art. My favorite has always been “has very high standards of others”. Translation: “is always ticked off about coworkers”.
See the full Hogan HDS list below.
Again, these characteristics on the left can all serve us well – in moderation- just don’t get too carrier away with any of them, or your dark side just may show up and bite you in the rear.
1. Excitable: moody, easily annoyed, hard to please, and emotionally volatile
2. Skeptical: distrustful, cynical, sensitive to criticism, and focused on the negative
3. Cautious: unassertive, resistant to change, risk-averse, and slow to make decisions
4. Reserved: aloof, indifferent to the feelings of others, and uncommunicative
5. Leisurely: overtly cooperative, but privately irritable, stubborn, and uncooperative
6. Bold: overly self-confident, arrogant, with inflated feelings of self-worth
7. Mischievous: charming, risk-taking, limit-testing and excitement-seeking
8. Colorful: dramatic, attention-seeking, interruptive, and poor listening skills
9. Imaginative: creative, but thinking and acting in unusual or eccentric ways
10. Diligent: meticulous, precise, hard to please, and tends to micromanage
11. Dutiful: eager to please and reluctant to act independently or against popular opinion
I’m sure there must be more. Can you think of other strengths that when overused, can flip to the dark side and turn into a “tragic flaw”?