“Advantage” Solves the 12 Dangers of Leadership

You’ve been wronged, manipulated, or cheated by someone with position or power. Leaders shade the truth, compromise their values, and abuse authority. Just read the news.

When the path is demanding, shortcuts feel inviting. (The leaders path is always demanding.)


12 dangers of leadership:

  1. Navigating confidence and humility. Feeling superior or inferior corrodes influence.
  2. Mismanaging emotion. Outbursts erode respect.
  3. Neglecting physical health and spiritual well-being.
  4. Extending revenge rather than forgiveness.
  5. Personalizing success or failure. You aren’t your failures or successes.
  6. Easing up and letting down. Leading is pursuit.
  7. Disconnecting with people who do the work, isolation.
  8. Pushing through when it’s time to adapt. Persistence borders stubbornness.
  9. Showing favoritism to friends, supporters, or people you like.
  10. Driving criticism and dissent underground.
  11. Ignoring office politics. All organizations are political.
  12. Advantaging  yourself while disadvantaging others.

(Inspired by a Facebook contributors)

If you want to succeed, make life better for others.

One solution to 12 dangers:

Commit to advantage others.

Advantage colors everything you do. The question is who receives the advantage and at what expense.

Leaders face perilous intersections where choices hover between advantaging self over advantaging others. Successful leaders deliver advantage to organizations, teammates, and customers. Self-serving leaders, on the other hand, disadvantage others.


Short-term perspectives invite you to advantage yourself over others.

Delivering advantage to others may feel dangerous because in the short-term it feels disadvantageous. However, you don’t have to harm yourself to advantage others.

The only way to advantage yourself, over the long-term, is to advantage others.

Every abuse of leadership comes down to seeking personal advantage at the expense of others. If you want to succeed as a leader, keep whispering, “How can I advantage others?”

The more advantage you bring, the fewer dangers you face.

What dangers do leaders encounter? (From a personal point of view)

How does advantaging others answer the 12 dangers of leadership?