Tne majority may agree that leadership is a lonely job. It might be that way many times because you are privy to the privileged and confidential information that you cannot share with other people in the organization.
Nobody is a natural born leader. There are evolving practices as well as characteristics that really make up a great leader. However, they are constantly changing and everybody has at least a few of them.
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.
Here are some mistakes leaders should be aware of as these might destroy their leadership effectiveness:
1. Failing to admit mistakes
It is important to take note that mistakes are a part of leadership and they will surely happen. How the leaders deal with mistakes is what will make or break their own reputation.
Leaders should also become aware of the mistakes that they might commit since these mistakes can definitely affect their success. Mistakes are always there to teach the leaders. They should find ways to make these mistakes their steppingstone to succeed in everything they do.
2. Losing self-control in front of the public
Those who let their own temper get the best of them right in front of their subordinates will certainly suffer long-term consequences.
3. Not setting goals
Leaders should always set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Failing to set any goal or creating plans to attain them can definitely lead to the demise of a successful team.
4. Not receiving the outside counsel
It is impossible to add one more thing right to the daily to-do list. On the other hand, there is always something that leadership requires the leaders to make time for and that is mentoring. Leaders should provide counsel to their people. Moreover, they must receive it from others.
5. Ignoring the composition of the team
The qualifications, skills, and personalities of an individual evolve over time. This is why it is always important to check in periodically. This is done in order to ensure that the composition of the team is still ideal.
6. Not delegating
Leaders make things happen through properly equipped and well-trained teammates. They may be capable of completing their tasks, but it is not their responsibility. The job of the leaders is to appoint the right people to the right tasks.
7. Assuming guidance is not needed
Those leaders who are not interested in micromanaging usually operate under the impression that if the members of the team need help, they will certainly ask.
8. Failing to innovate
Great leadership requires leaders to anticipate the changes, create a plan that can address the changes, and most of all take action right before it arrives.
9. Implementing quick fixes
Leaders should be aware that even the most challenging situations have a quick-fix option. After implementing this quick fix or bandage, they sometimes forget about the problem, so it usually crops up again. Once the immediate problem is resolved, the leaders should focus on developing lasting options for the challenge.
Leadership effectiveness mainly relies on the leaders themselves. Since there are many factors that can affect how the leaders manage their people and organization, they should know some important strategies essential in leading properly. 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.