10 Frequent Mistakes in Leadership

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

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“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

By Peter F. Drucker

Confusing leadership with rank, privilege or power:

It is one of the most frequent errors and derives from a false conception of the term. However, the main quality of a leader should be a sense of responsibility. The successes are the result of the work of the whole team while the failures are solely incumbency of the leader. For that reason, a good leader has to have enough confidence to recognize his own mistakes and succeed despite them.

Ignoring the personal and family situation of employees:

The concrete context in which a collaborator finds himself may affect his professional performance. Although it does not justify inappropriate behavior in the workplace, knowing the circumstances of the workers will help the leader make better decisions. Something that is particularly relevant with the growing diversity of cultures, generations and nationalities that is happening nowadays.

Do not contribute to the quality of life at work:

The leader must assume the employees’ demands for the benefit of his team, which is known as emotional salary. If he does not cultivate it, others will do it and that would weaken the sense of belonging of the collaborators, as well as his own authority. It is also a way to ensure consumers, because a worker who feels well cared, behaves better with customers.

Ignoring that the management of a highly involved team is by process:

The activity of the company is carried out transversally by the different departments and it is enough for one to fail so that the work does not go ahead. In order to perform a successful management, the leader must take into account all the processes and unite with all the managers of other departments.

Little accessibility:

A good leader gives communication the necessary importance. The best managers always dedicate time to meet the demands of their subordinates. In fact, this must occupy an important part of their tasks, both to deal with issues related to professional performance and character issues. Good leaders make workers see that they are interested in their problems and that they will always find a moment to listen to them.

Corruption and disloyalty:

Ethics should be one of the pillars of corporations, and therefore, also one of the qualities of their leaders. Corrupt attitudes, such as accepting a bribe, will not only have a negative impact on the company’s economic results, but will lead to the loss of managerial authority. In addition, if employees see this type of behavior as common, corruption will become an endemic problem for the organization.

Lack of moderation and sobriety:

Although it is natural to feel a certain pride when granting a degree or an office, this can not be translated into a lack of sobriety. The true leaders are not ostentatious, because that only generates distance, expenses for the company and bad example for the rest of employees. On the contrary, pride must be used as an ability to take projects forward.

Lack of imagination:

In a dynamic and competitive environment such as the current one, where speed and digital competences are prevalent, a good leader must have a great imagination to be able to innovate and face a new context. Not everything can be collected in a manual, even less when the changes are constant, so the ability to improvise and permanent reinvention are essential conditions to carry out an effective direction.

Lack of personal organization:

Leaders have to manage their own agendas, there is no one to do it for them. This implies the need to learn to prioritize, since covering everything is practically impossible. In this sense, it is advisable to prioritize the important rather than the urgent matters, although it is common to do just the opposite, since many apparently inapplicable tasks can often be postponed more than what is thought and breaking the preset work scheme usually ends in inefficiency.

Slowness in decision making:

The speed with which the world works forces leaders to correct the course continuously. Therefore, problems must be resolved without delay and only spending the needed time to gather all the data to make the decision.