Becoming a good leader takes a lot of time and a wealth of experience. But even the most seasoned leaders know that there will be plenty of mistakes made throughout a career.
To grow from your experiences and become the best leader you can be for your company, here are a few common leadership mistakes and how to avoid them.
Learn to Delegate
Some might associate the word ‘leader’ with ‘power’ and that’s when mistakes are made. Leaders who feel like they need to control everything are missing the point of their position. Good leaders are meant to guide, delegate and oversee, not control every aspect or do all of the work themselves.
If you’ve built a strong team — one where each member has a different skillset or level of experience to contribute — you should be able to rely on your team and delegate the work appropriately. You’ll find that processes and workloads will become more seamless and efficient if you take less control and learn to delegate.
Let Go of Micromanagement Tendencies
On a similar note, lack of delegation tends to go hand in hand with micromanaging. In order to become a leader that your team can look up to and respect, you need to be able to trust each member to get their work done and take the reign on certain projects or tasks.
Each employee was hired for a reason and leaders or managers should be able to trust that they can do their job without someone looking over their shoulders 24/7. Micromanaging doesn’t benefit anyone, including both leaders and team members.
Doing so can leave the team member feeling incapable, not trusted to do their work, or creatively blocked, whereas the leader will be giving too much time and energy to someone else’s project rather than working on their own tasks that also need to be done.
Strengthen Your Communication Skills
Strong communication is the foundation for most job positions. After all, where would we be without the ability to communicate when, how, and why everything needs to be completed?
As a leader of a team, one of your jobs is to ensure that every team member understands their tasks and is able to get them done when they need to be completed. This means that you need to be able to have a strong line of communication between you and your team.
Be sure that you’re clearly communicating what needs to be done and then checking in occasionally to make sure everything is running smoothly and according to whatever timeline or goal you’ve set as a group.
Strong communication plays into the overall satisfaction of the team. If there’s a problem or someone wants to provide feedback, team members should feel comfortable enough communicating that with you. To ensure that this happens, you, as the leader, need to always be communicating feedback or any necessary instruction to your team.
Kick Your Ego to the Curb
Great leaders understand that everything they do is for a bigger cause: the company. Keeping the big picture in mind can help you remain focused on what’s important for the company and the team, not on what’s important for you as an individual.
Great leaders understand that their position is more than just a title. Everything they do is for the benefit of the team and the company as a whole. They aren’t concerned with getting individual credit for the work that’s done because they know that that’s not what’s important in the long run. All of this is to say: good leaders are team players.
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