When reading about how to be a great leader, you’ll typically find articles that discuss the things you should do in order to become a high-performing one. What many of these resources tend to forget are the things that leaders should try and avoid doing in their positions. The mistakes you make as a leader are just as important if not more important than the things you do properly. You’d be surprised to see the list of mistakes that are commonly made by leaders every day. Let’s take a look.
Leaders need to delegate tasks, yet delegation should not be defined as emotional detachment. Instead, it should involve maintaining a sense of connection and accessibility. This can be done by ensuring that your team understands that you are available and that you want to do what you can to be available. Of course, you can’t expect to respond to every request immediately, and they should understand that as well. Just be sure that you’ve created a means for your team to reach out to you when they truly need you.
Not Developing Talent
Leaders often focus on achieving company goals instead of developing the skills and competencies of their employees. This is not the ideal way to approach the development of talent. Learning is an integral part of any organization’s success, and it’s very important that leaders prioritize it. You become a great leader when you’re able to identify and develop talent in people who do not even realize they have talent. If you want to truly build the business, focus on your team’s growth so they can carry it even further.
Poor Conflict Management
Unresolved conflicts can block the alignment of goals and lead to negative emotions and tensions within the organization. The last thing you want is for your team to push conflicts under the rug and act as if they’re nonexistent. As a leader, it’s your responsibility to address these conflicts. Bring them into the light, help resolve them, and then feast on the product that is a happy and well-motivated team that can bring your business to new heights.
Not Providing Feedback
In order to help employees succeed, leaders need to share feedback with them, even if it’s not always something they want to share with a team member. Many leaders fail to discuss weak points with their team members, which then causes them to never grow and ultimately not build the business. A great leader understands how to give negative feedback and give it in a way that lights a fire underneath the employee. Truly talented people have a craving for learning and would much rather be told how they can become better than be told they’re doing fine when they’re really not.