Leadership and the abuse of power

a leader can use his or her power to benefit others, but, of course the leader can also gain personally. The obvious problem is that when self interest rules, the leader gains but often at the followers’ expense.

The dangerous thing is that leaders can begin to delude themselves. They start to believe that the rules that govern what is right and what is wrong do not apply to them because they have the best interests of their followers at heart.

Becoming a Leader Today – Can you have friends in the team?

If you find yourself with personal friends in teams you lead, I would recommend an early discussion with the friend about the ground rules. I believe you need to be completely honest about how you intend to play it. Reassure others there will be no favouritism and, my word, you will need to make sure you don’t show it.