10 Signs of a Poor Security Leader

Weak leadership can demotivate and demoralize the security workforce. Here’s what to look out for.

Many businesses are concerned about attrition — and for good reason. Few fields feel this pressure more acutely than the security field. While companies cannot control the tight labor market, they can control some of the factors that cause employees to leave.

Many factors contribute to departures, but bad managers are consistently ranked among the top factors, if not the top factor. A poor security leader, in particular, can have a disastrous effect on the security team. So how can organizations tell whether they have a poor security leader in place? Here are the top 10 signs.

1. Inability to think strategically: In my experience, the ability to look ahead, to identify the right direction, and to see how to get from the current state to the desired future state is not a common trait. While many positions in security don’t require it, a security leadership position most certainly does. Poor leaders don’t have this ability, and it shows up as constant meandering and zig-zagging.

2. Running from crisis to crisis: As mentioned above, poor security leaders are not strategic and methodical. They can’t think ahead, can’t see potential issues, and can’t preempt crises. Thus, they spend most of their time running from crisis to crisis and actually impede their security team’s ability to make progress. Read more:https://bit.ly/3CtUddO

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