Five Leadership Mistakes to Avoid
Mistake Force Growth; Grow Before the Mistake
They say that the best teacher is failure. Making mistakes forces us to learn and to grow. But there are some mistakes that simply don’t need to be made; the ones that we see others make and we can grow from them. As a leader, your goal is the growth of yourself and everyone around you. Learn from those who have come before you so that you don’t have to suffer the setbacks that come from these big leadership mistakes.
Naturally, there are going to be other times when you can’t avoid the mistakes. There are those that are unique to your situation that you will never be able to avoid. These are the things that can’t be trained. They are those that you have to rely on your critical thinking in order to resolve. For more details on that, check out the book The Hard Thing about Hard Things. In the meantime, here are 5 mistakes you can learn from.
Correct Other People’s Mistakes
There are few things that are as hard to take as watching someone make a mistake when you know the proper method. As leaders it’s hard to sit back and watch people do it wrong. But when they’re only shown the exact method that you use, there is little to no room for growth. By letting others make mistakes, you may see new methods for improvement both in yourself, your organization, and your relationships.
Talk a Lot so People Know What to do
When you’re running an organization, it may be tempting to dictate what needs to be done. Whenever you’re in the room, it’s tempting to be the one talking and informing others on how it’s supposed to be. But there’s a Native American proverb that states: “Listen or your tongue will make you deaf.” The best leaders are those that know when to keep quiet, and know when to talk. Don’t make the mistake of constantly talking so you’re unable to hear what the issues are with those under you.
Stop Learning Because You’re Already at the top
If you’re leading a company, you may feel that you’ve made it to the top. Now that you’re here you get to reap the rewards of the position that you’re in. Away go the books, cancel the seminars, it’s time to coast. Actually, it’s time to buckle down and learn even more. Expand your mind, grow your self, and be able to impart wisdom and knowledge on those that need it. Learn something new every day.
If You Want it Done Right, Do it Yourself
When you become an expert, you have honed your skills to be able to perform tasks efficiently and properly. When you have help completing those tasks you notice that it takes others much longer to do the same job with lower quality outcome. You want to say, “let me do it, I’ll do it right.” This stifles growth and creates dissention. It’s better to show the intended outcome, perhaps demonstrate or train proper techniques, and let others develop their own methods. In the end, the skills will be honed instead of suppressed.
Let Complainers Complain
You have the vision. You understand the mission. Complainers are just unable to see the whole picture so just let them complain. There’s a tiny bit of truth to this concept, but not much. As a leader you need to be a vision caster. You need to lead others to grab onto your vision and understand your mission well enough that they make it their own. When complaints pop up, meeting with those complainers and accepting constructive criticism is the only way to address the real issues and to grow as a person, leader, and organization.
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