The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
A List of Dont's for Effective Leadership: Examples from History, Mythology and Literature

Article Details
Pub. Date : December, 2021
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJSS31221
Author Name : Hetal Doshi
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Management
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No. of Pages : 5



Much has been written on the virtues that a leader should possess. A leader should know the way and show the way. He must possess confidence, commitment and communication skill for leading properly. He should have right attitude and right mindset for dealing with people of varied temperament. There are many points in to-do list for aspiring leaders. This paper focuses on not-to do list for wannabe leaders. This not-to do list is more important than to-do list as it clearly points out negation part that is required. Sometimes, working on to-do list takes much time and toil. But focusing on what not to do makes the target achievable and smooth. The examples of literature have often been cited for leaders for showing them what exactly they need to follow. Some of the most important lessons of leadership surprisingly do not come from business but from literary works. The books on leadership and business magnates talk only about the work-lives of the leaders. But literature gives the way into the inner lives of its characters. We see characters in entirety. There are lots of fictions indicating the right path for the leaders. This paper enumerates some literary works which display the negative traits of leaders that have to be avoided.


Who is a leader? What does he do? What are his characteristic features? These are some perennial questions since the inception of the concept of leadership. There are hundreds of definitions of a leader and leadership. Some are contextual definitions, while others are general. There are different styles and approaches to leadership also. These approaches are transformational, participatory, value-based, situational and servant approach to leadership. Each approach to leadership demands certain traits in leaders. The modern leadership is not necessarily about managing. It is about having a vision and being able to influence people. It is taking an idea or a concept and bringing it alive. Everyone has the potential to acquire and raise these skills. As there are many