But what is it that can break a leader? Is it merely the lack of such qualities?
No, says organizational behavior expert Frank Flynn.
His research has found that the greatest identifiable trait that can hold someone back from becoming a great leader is being too assertive—or not assertive enough.
- Excessive or inadequate assertiveness was the No. 1 issue listed in the weakness column when it came to evaluating individuals’ leadership potential.
- It appeared as a clear factor in weakness comments more than lack of intelligence, conscientiousness, and charisma combined.