The simplest things are always the best solutions.

If we use the principle “Simplify simply!” we can use the next procedure how to recognize a bad leader:

● Question: Why did I choose this leader (define a purpose*)?
– Answer: My purpose is X.

● Question: Is my desired purpose X fulfilled?
– If the answer is “YES”, my leader is good.
– If the answer is “NO”, my leader is bad.

Can it be simpler?

Of course, if the answer is “NO”, we have a sequel!

If my desired purpose is not fulfilled because my leader is bad, I have the next possibilities:

  1. I shall act continually and systematic on changes and help my leader to become a good leader,
  2. I shall become a leader instead of him.
  3. I shall leave the togetherness and choose another (good) leader.
  4. I shall become a leader in other togetherness.

  • Purpose can be:
  1. Biological and Physiological needs: Air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep, etc.
  2. Safety needs: Protection from elements, security, order, law, limits, stability, etc.
  3. Belongingness and Love needs: Workgroup, family, affection, relationships, etc.
  4. Esteem needs: Self-esteem, achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, managerial responsibility, etc.
  5. Self-Actualization needs: Realizing personal potential, self-fulfilment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.

Of course, this is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

CONCLUSION

It is very important to recognize a bad leader early and stop damages occurring due to his inappropriate actions.
Don’t follow a bad leader!
You deserve better in life and business than a bad leader.