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5 Problems Everyone Has With Leadership and How To Solve Them

5 Problems Everyone Has With Leadership and How To Solve Them

Effective leadership requires one to have a clear vision for the future and to be able to motivate and inspire people to be part of the vision. Most people believe that leaders are born, but leadership requires continuous learning and practicing how to be an effective leader. It requires one to practice from time to time to be more productive and successful. There are many ways one can become an effective leader; however, there are problems everyone has with leadership. They include the following:

1. Not Making Time For Your Team Members

Not providing feedback on how well the team members are doing their work and how each team member is doing may bring about problems in the long run.  A team member may think she is doing well while in the real sense she is not.  When you don’t give feedback, you deny your team members the chance to improve their performance.

Solution: As a leader, it is advisable to give feedback immediately whether negative or positive. Arrange to meet with all your team members often and let them know how they are doing and how business is going. This will encourage them to work harder.

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2. Not Sharing Your Goals

A leader should share their business goals with their team members so that they know what they are working to accomplish. If you don’t share, they will be working with so much confusion as they don’t know what they have to achieve at the end.  They may also lack the ability to prioritize their jobs.

Solution: As a leader, you should have clear objectives and SMART goals and share them with your team members so that they can set targets to meet. Use this to evaluate their progress, and this will enable the team members to see you as a leader who keeps things on track and is focused.

3. Not Being A Good Example

All organizations have set rules and regulations that one has to follow while at work. Many leaders will make personal calls or visit social media sites during working time, but will deny their team members the ability to do so. This means they are not walking the walk and this causes discouragement to your team members.

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Solution: Remember that your team members are watching you, so you should be a good role model. If you want to implement something, it has to start with you and they will follow suit. Follow the rules, even if you are the one who sets them as they applies to everyone.

4. Being Too Bossy

Some leaders will change their character or attitude once they get a leadership position because they want to show people that they are in charge. Being too bossy, though, makes your team members fear to associate with you. They will also work with too much negativity.

Solution: Once a leader, don’t undermine your team members. Your job needs a different set of skills so work without being arrogant. Use a new approach to get work done while acknowledging your team members and gaining their respect.

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5. No Motivation

Team members need to be motivated from time to time as they work so that they can work efficiently and also recognize that their leader cares about their welfare. Motivation doesn’t have to be financially, but you can include other ways, such as flexible working hours and praise for achievement.

Solution: As a leader, keep yourself motivated so that you can inspire your team members to work through difficult times. Motivate them using ways that give them passion and energy to continue working.  Employees with a good work-life balance will work effectively.

Leaders understand that their role is to lead with a clear set of goals and a unifying sense of purpose.  It is their job to act like an engineer who makes sure that all the parts of a machine work smoothly together.  Great leaders know how important it is to create a fertile environment in which their employees can thrive and develop their professional skills. When you look at your leadership style, ask yourself: how can you do a better job?

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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