Lord knows that we all make plenty of mistakes. I know I have. The trick is to learn from them, move forward and avoid repeating the same goof-ups! Additionally, learning from the missteps of others can save us a great deal of time and pain, too. So in that spirit, here is the list of some of the mistakes I made as a leader, so you can learn the lessons without feeling the burn.
- Worrying About What Others Think – A decision should always be made after discussing what everyone on the team thinks, but never made based on what the team thinks of you. Getting input from the entire team is crucial. A team isn’t working successfully if it isn’t working towards a common goal. However, people will occasionally disagree or be unhappy with an outcome. Don’t be influenced by fear of disapproval!
- Ignoring Disputes Among Team Members – When two people on your team have a disagreement, it needs to be addressed right away. If not, it leaves the rest of the team in an uncomfortable position. They’ll then try to avoid situations where they are around both parties at the same time. Unresolved conflict promotes division. It’s awkward for team members and customers, and reduces productivity.
- Sanctioned Incompetence – Sanctioned incompetence is when a leader allows a team member to operate at a lower standard than everyone else. If the problem is not corrected, it creates animosity and failure to thrive.
Can you change your personality? No. But you must work hard to fix weaknesses that will impair your leadership or stifle the team’s success. Strong leaders improve themselves. Otherwise, they can’t improve those they lead.
As a leader, what weaknesses do you need to work on?