It is always so easy to point to another company and identify poor leadership. From an outsider's perspective, it may seem odd that a business could simply stay the path without addressing these leadership issues. However, when the shoe is on the other foot, it can be difficult to spot when leadership is negatively impacting an organization's performance. Or perhaps these firms do realize that leadership is a problem, but at that point, the damage has already been done.

Each business is unique. They have their own specific needs, they face their own challenges. For that reason, it is often difficult to determine whether leadership is actually holding a company back – perhaps the leader has been dealt bad options and he is simply making the best of the worst on every occasion. That being said, here are a few common signs that may signal higher-ups may be letting the company down.

1. Leaders think of themselves above all else
It is only natural for people to be self-serving to some degree, but it can become a real problem if that is all managers are concerned with. It is easy to pinpoint this kind of person because they are generally unwilling to bend if it means failure to complete goals, The Huffington Post suggested. All they want to do is position themselves better within the company, and it often does not matter what they have to do to accomplish this goal.

2. It is their way or the highway
Although companies typically have hierarchies, that does not always mean that leaders and executives are supreme beings above being questioned. Leaders who are not willing to listen to others' feedback or suggestions and only want to pursue their own ideas can be counterproductive. Not only does this create a toxic work environment that disempowers employees, it may also hinder the discovery of innovative solutions and ideas.

3. Never accountable
Businesses rely extensively on their leaders to do their jobs. These people need to be held accountable for their actions, and not just when they are successful. When leaders are straightforward and are able to accept responsibility, it will help them move past mistakes alongside their teams and companies to improve for the future. Humility is important for executives, and if they will not be held accountable for mistakes, they may hinder the growth of the business as a whole.

4. An excessive micromanager
Trust is an important part of any healthy relationship. When leaders do not trust others, this often results in micromanagement – they have to partake in every little task. This is bad for a number of reasons. First, it suggests to workers that their leaders do not have any faith in their ability to do anything without the manager looking over their shoulder. It may also hinder leaders from taking care of their own duties, which can result in poor performance elsewhere.