“Leaders are meant to be tough to fight, tender enough to overlook, human enough to make mistakes, but most importantly, humble enough to admit them and brave enough to fix them!”
Mistakes are learning opportunities for individuals, however it is much better to avoid them in the first place. Being a leader is definitely not easy, there will be numerous decisions that you will be expected to make, some may be favorable for you and some might go wrong too. Although some mistakes are inevitable, there are a lot of blunders which can be avoided for you to be a better leader. When you are running a business, and managing a number of employees, there are always lessons that need to be learnt and improvements that can be made. To be a wise leader, you need to analyze yourself and recognize your weak points to start correcting yourself for your personal development. Here are seven common mistakes that leaders at all levels struggle with, and how you can make an effort to fix them:
Not providing feedback to your team
Leaders often do not realize the importance of providing a feedback to their team and the effect it has on their performances. Whether negative or positive, do let your team know how well they have done or provide tips on how they can be more efficient.
Assuming that you are right
Leaders are meant to guide employees to reach company goals, but it doesn’t mean that your way is the best one. You can suggest a certain approach but make sure that you ask for your team’s opinion too, they might have a better idea.
Failing to inspire your team
Your employees will always look up to you for motivation and inspiration. Be their role model and show them how things are done instead of giving instructions only. Inspire them to work hard and challenge them by setting targets to enhance productivity.
Being too friendly
There is a fine line between being friendly in a professional environment and being too casual. Make sure to strike the right balance and stay somewhere in between. It is certainly not advisable to be over friendly with a few employees, this can lead to favoritism and give way to office politics.
Letting your emotions in your decisions
Do not ever let your personal life take a toll on your professional work. Whatever emotions you may be going through personally, they should not reflect in your attitude with your team or the decisions you make as a leader.
Not setting goals for your team
A team working without a goal as like shooting an arrow without a target. When your team does not have clear well-defined goals, they will muddle through their day. You can’t expect them to be productive when they don’t even know what are they aiming for.
Failing to recognize the efforts of your team
Acknowledging the little accomplishments of your employees will motivate them to perform better every time. Even if it’s a small pat on the back or a ‘well done’ note, make sure to appreciate their efforts and make it known.