When sentiment is misapplied, it becomes a dangerous flaw for a leader and their team. Sentiment is a root cause of partiality and favoritism. It causes leaders to overlook flaws in people they care about. That decision to see things through sentimental eyes puts the team at a direct disadvantage. It calls into question what the actual priorities of the leader are by saying, “I like them and I want them around even if it means we won’t be as good.” The best teams communicate care without sacrificing the team’s potential.