Leaders are not perfect, nobody is. However, to be an effective leader is to acknowledge your imperfections and try to correct them. Below, we share nine leadership mistakes to avoid.
Using Whatsapp as Your Primary Communication Tool
You most likely have heard of/use the popular instant messaging app – Whatsapp. Whatsapp is relatively convenient and smart in facilitating operations at work. However, this is no excuse for it to become your tool for discussing work issues, coordinating meetings, managing a team, prioritizing tasks or communicating internally.
Not Standing Up For the Team
This is a serious mistake, and very often one which is very difficult to detect. Leadership is about being with the team in both good and bad times, but most of all, a leader must support their collaborators when something is not working well. There are always going to be problems and the important thing is not to point fingers, but to find solutions. You will never find an exit if you have not previously stood up for your team.
Not Knowing How To Say “No”
Saying yes to everything is a sign of weakness. As a leader, you need to take risks and be aware that it is impossible to please everyone. Learning how to say “No” is essential to strengthen your leadership and crucial not to reduce your productivity (if you take more tasks than you can, you will only stress yourself and you won’t reach your goals).
Calling Surprise Meetings
Without an agenda with the goals, topics to deal with and participants, your meeting will be anything but productive. A common leadership mistake is to call surprise meetings, which are usually a waste of time for both your team and yourself. Call and attend only those meetings which are indispensable and help you improve your management.
Running From Change
Leaders are drivers of change. However, fear of the unknown makes us resistant to change by nature. The result is one of the worst leadership mistakes we can make: getting stuck as professionals and demotivating our whole team. To solve it, open your mind and reward brave attitudes and new proposals from your workers.
Not Having a Monitoring System
A leader is primarily, a great team manager. To coordinate people, it is necessary to establish monitoring systems to check the state of each task or project. It is a very common mistake to be content with being informed by email or asking once in a while about pending issues. Do not settle for occasional summary from the department leads. Instead, create a structure that will help you coordinate and check whether goals are reached or not.
Not Taking The Time To Think
Improving processes, correcting mistakes, identifying problems, solving conflicts, speeding up communication among team members, etc, are all tasks for the leader. To carry them out, it is necessary to take some time for reflection. Sadly, many leaders consider this as an obstacle in the way of implementing improvements. Do not make the same mistake.
Confusing Delegation With Giving Orders
An unforgivable mistake any manager or leader can make is to confuse task delegation with giving orders. Delegating properly implies not only that we trust the other person to do the job, but we also trust their working methods, we respect previously set deadlines and, of course, we assume that the other person might make a mistake.
Not Accepting Mistakes
We said it at the beginning: “nobody is perfect”. Assuming we are wrong should be a motto for every leader. Furthermore, accepting your own mistakes will make you a much stronger and respected leader in your organization.
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