Leaders are prone to take risks and those risks may cause others to see them as ‘losers,’ especially if the leaders
don’t have full knowledge of what the endeavor consists of before they become involved. Some mistakes come from thinking so radically that it’s impossible to know how taking a chance will turn out. If it turns out well, the leader is a hero. If not, serious consequences may be the result.
There are some common mistakes made among most leaders that are avoidable if you know some leadership strategies.
Here are five common mistakes which can and should be avoided if you’re in a leadership role:
Focusing on tasks rather than reaching
the ultimate goal. Focusing too much on “busy work” can keep you from getting the results you want and desire from a team. Great leaders tend to focus on the end results being reached more than looking or being busy at all times.
Checking up on employees rather than engaging them. Make it a point to get to know your team members and engage them in conversation which can pinpoint what makes them tick. It’s important to get
your vision across, and you can’t do that if you merely check in once in a
Don’t stick to your own leadership
style. You can learn from other leaders in history and in your business, but
don’t mimic them when it comes to your leadership style. Develop your own and stick to it to become a leader who stands out from the others.
Resist change. Many leaders tend to do what
they’ve always done in terms of leading. One reason is that they’re too
overwhelmed with the complex tasks and responsibilities that leaders must take on. If you want your business or team to prosper and grow, take some time to expose yourself to new ideas that will impact your leadership ability in a positive way.
Hire people too fast to fill a slot.
Hiring someone just to fill a void isn’t a good way to build a team you can
count on. Invest time and effort in managing the “new hire.”
Retrain, fit another position, or terminate a wrong hire.
Leaders must take their time when hiring. Make sure a candidate can complete the work, grow with the company, or team.
Know what’s expected of you in the leadership position. You must know what you want to achieve when you lead. Be clear and focused on the vision, not the small tasks of the job.
Which of these mistakes have you made and how did you get better?