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5 Common Mistakes Leaders Make

 Photo Credit: Ernesto Eslava

Photo Credit: Ernesto Eslava

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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 or they outright fail. 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 by 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 concentrate 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 while.

Don’t stick to your own leadership style

You can learn from other leaders in history and 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 concerning 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 positively.

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. You’ll invest time and effort in managing the “new hire,” but may eventually need to let them go if you find you’ve made a mistake in hiring. Real leaders take their time when hiring and make sure they can complete the work and grow along with the company or team. I say this very often, "be slow to hire and quick to fire." I've seen too many managers railroad themselves because they use the wrong metrics and emotion to make hiring decisions, and then allow fear and shame to hold them back from firing individuals that need to go. 

Know what’s expected of you in the leadership position. You can’t lead others if you don’t know what you’re striving for, so be sure you’re clear and focused on the vision rather than the small tasks of the job.

 
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