I found this list of 16 signs of a leader has lost his mind and going crazy. Very interesting… the common issue in this summary is the relation between POWER, PRIDE and HUMILITY.

  1. He refuses to admit his mistakes.

Admitting mistakes is part of a learning process. If you don’t admit a mistake you never recover from it. A leader that doesn’t admit mistakes is the one leading to the cliff of disaster.

I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps. -Mahatma Gandhi

2. He begins to blame the problems on people or circumstances rather than actually seeking out what the problem might be.

Blaming somebody or others don’t resolve the issue. A good leader searches for the problem, analyzes reasons, finds possible solutions, prevents future problems… a good leader takes ownership and focuses in the problem in order to find solutions.

A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit. -Arnold H. Glasow

3. He refuses to listen to the team assembled around him.

Wisdom and the skill of listening are inseparable companions. No one becomes wise without listening. A leader refuses to listen in many different ways. It can be because he has created an uncomfortable environment for subordinates to speak out; or hears politely but is not really listening because his pride kills just the sole idea of learning from others… the leader is the one who listens, learns and gathers ideas from the team, not the one teaching them.

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk. -Doug Larson

4. He fights every idea that isn’t his own, thinking his originality is what must keep the company afloat.

Power is a tricky thing. A leader has received power and in order to use it wisely is necessary to humbly handle it. It all comes down to pride. This is very much explained in number 3.

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes. -John Ruskin

5. He refuses to face reality.

A good leader listens, learns and observes reality. A mad leader directly refuses reality because it doesn’t fit his own created imaginary world. He lives in a bubble where he is the center and creator of his own reality. Reality is a tough teacher and openness to it means the possibility of experiencing own limitations and failures.

Our intention creates our reality. -Wayne Dyer

6. He is unwilling to make the necessary changes because it would be highly unpopular.

The best leaders in history have been highly unpopular. What is needed most of the time is not the most popular route or direction to take.

The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.
-Margaret Chase Smith

7. He tries to listen to what everyone has to say about every situation.

A leader gone mad we said is not listening but here we say ‘he listen to everyone about situation’. Well, listening in relation to wisdom is one important thing. But hearing hearing about every situation is just assessing what is popular at the moment.

Being popular with an audience is a very rickety ladder to be on.
-Louis C. K.

8. He begins to believe that God’s favor on his life is because of how good he is rather than because of how good God is!


Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself. -Baruch Spinoza

9. He believes that he can’t learn anything from companies that are smaller than his. (This would be arrogance!)

A true leader listens and learns even from enemies!

Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism; the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young.
-Henry Seidel Canby

10. He abuses his staff to accomplish his agenda rather than leading them to accomplish company’s.

11. He fears asking for commitments from people because of how he thinks they perceive him.

The fear of how we are perceived kills character and personality no matter if we are a leader or not. Perception of a person is not the real person and perception changes time to time.

Perception is created and twisted so quickly. -Louis C. K.

12. He becomes obsessed with the way things are rather than how they should be.

A leader getting comfortable with the way things are is a problem. A leader should be challenging the status quo in order to at least keep an eye open for improvement. Getting obsessed with the ways things are is certainly a leader who just lost it.

A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. -Winston Churchill

13. He views himself as an expert.

What a mistake! We keep learning every minute we are on Earth. We can have a lot of experience in some specific subject, more than many people around us… but experience and expertise teaches us that we keep constantly growing and learning… There is a say my father use to repeat: “The wise leader knows that S/he knows nothing”

You must continue to gain expertise, but avoid thinking like an expert. -Denis Waitley

14. He tries to motivate with fear rather than vision.

A Leader should caused fear out of respect; if fear is caused by being afraid of consequences we are killing creativity and having for employees just robots. Motivation caused by vision results in engagement and creativity.

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. -John C. Maxwell

15. He doesn’t seek fresh inspiration from people and often goes back to what has been done instead of seeking direction for what has never been done.

Inspiration… innovation… those things come and are part of a team of people.

Innovation… It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it. -Steve Jobs

A leader that continuously challenges the way things are done, questioned, seek inspiration, and constantly search for new ideas…

But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem. -Steve Jobs

Like we have said, a true leader keeps learning, looks for opportunities to learn from people, listens ideas, keeps his mind opened…

Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned. -Harold S. Geneen

16. He stops taking risks and becomes obsessed with playing it safe.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt