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Being a leader in any capacity is difficult. There are many tasks that need to be completed, overseen and directly managed, and it takes a lot of energy just to make sure that the office continues running smoothly on a daily basis. While most leaders try their best every day, their abilities may be lacking in some areas. It's safe to assume that no leader sets out to generate sub-par results, but this does happen nonetheless. There are a few telltale signs that may indicate that a leader needs to reevaluate his or her position and seek training to remedy a bad situation.

Pervading pessimism
One of the most harmful qualities that a leader can possess is pessimism. Not many employees will feel inspired to produce their best work if it's met with grumbles or groans. A manager should push his or her workers to be the best they can be, not infecting the atmosphere with negativity. Forbes asserted that while morale is not the only thing that can suffer when cynicism reigns supreme, but the loss of momentum can harm the business as a whole. Competitors will take any opportunity to get a leg up and a workplace that's suffering is the perfect situation to take advantage of a rival enterprise's lackluster workforce to speed ahead toward success.

Communication woes
A business can only be truly successful if there is open and honest communication between all levels of employees. Of course, some things need to kept under wraps for strategic purposes, but why add extra surprises in the office when the world of business is full of them anyway?

A true leader is able to communicate effectively, and one who  either cannot or chooses not to is putting the company at risk. A separate Forbes article articulated that communication creates a connection between employees, and this is one of the strongest weapons that a business can possess to prevent failure. Keeping the line open incites loyalty and creativity, which are important aspects of a workplace. 

Self-unawareness
In order to be a successful human being, one must be aware of the self. Why do people choose to do or say something? How do their minds work? What are their strengths and weaknesses? This also applies to leaders. Forbes stated that a strong base for emotional intelligence is the awareness of self. It's important for a person to know when to offer help and when to walk away from a damaging situation. People without these skills may face destruction, both emotional and work-related. 

It should be noted that these setbacks don't have to become a theme. Reevaluation and training can help take care of these issues, but only if leaders are willing to take the time to better themselves. This is not a change that can be forced on people, and it wouldn't be effective if it were. To establish and maintain the best business, leaders need to be proactive and willing to improve their abilities, because the company is depending on it.