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On your way to becoming a manager? Guard against these flaws that could take you in the wrong direction.

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Many people are capable of being a good leader but they fail because of flaws that prevent them from growing when the time comes to assume higher positions. Pastor and blogger Ron Edmondson, on ChurchLeaders.com, lists these 12 killers of good leadership:

Defensiveness: Good leaders know other people's opinions matter and are willing to be challenged.

Jealousy: Good leaders enjoy it when others excel.

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Revenge: Good leaders are forgiving and know that trying to "get even" with someone will only come back to harm them and the organization.

Fearfulness: A good leader is willing to take risks to reach worthwhile goals.

Favouritism: Good leaders don't play favourites. They reward for results.

Ungratefulness: Good leaders value people and know that success comes from working with others.

Small-mindedness: Good leaders are dreamers and idea people, thinking beyond today.

Pride: Good leaders are humbled by the position of authority entrusted to them.

Rigidity: Good leaders welcome new ideas and realize almost everything can be improved. But they are more rigid when it comes to values and vision.

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Laziness: Good leaders work very hard.

Unresponsiveness: Good leaders are available and responsive to the needs and desires of those they lead. They collaborate more than control.

Dishonesty: Good leaders are above reproach. When they fail, they acknowledge their mistakes.

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Management columnist

Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online column, Power Points. More

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