Three Mistakes You Might be Making as a Leader and How to Fix Them

 In Business, Communication, DiSC®, Human Resources, Leadership

As a leader, one must be capable of wearing many hats and handling a wide variety of tasks. Unfortunately, with a packed to-do list comes the opportunity to make some mistakes. However, mistakes in leadership have a different effect on the organization than the mistakes of other employees. Let’s discuss the three most common leadership mistakes and how to fix them.

3 Common Leadership Mistakes

1. Not giving appropriate feedback 

The key component to a successful business is strong communication. When leaders do not provide feedback, how can employees make the modifications and corrections necessary to better themselves for the overall success of the organization?

According to MindTools.com and a poll of 1,400 executives by The Ken Blanchard Companies, “failing to provide feedback is the most common mistake that leaders make. When you don’t provide prompt feedback to your people, you’re depriving them of the opportunity to improve their performance.”

2. Not delegating tasks and micromanaging 

One must be clear and concise when delegating tasks – yet, what’s more important is encouraging one to delegate in the first place. Leaders must delegate properly and not harbour control, otherwise their employees might interpret this as ‘micromanagement.’ Delegating tasks and projects to employees allows leaders to see who they can trust to help build and protect their internal team. When a team can see the big picture, they are encouraged and empowered to reach their highest potential. As a leader, your job includes allowing them to do that.

3. Not recognizing the importance of training 

If a leader wants their team/organization to grow, training in the workplace should never end. A hands off approach could result in a completed project that took weeks of an employees’ time being done the wrong way, thus wasting valuable time and leading to frustration on all sides. A good leader trusts their team to complete tasks correctly and ask any questions along the way, but if the leader is too hands off, the team may not be aware that they are not doing what’s expected. Leaders need to provide guidance, and that is achieved through detailed training and consistent communication.

How to Avoid Common Leadership Management Mistakes

In a recent article, we discussed How to Be an Effective Leader in a Remote Workplace, but in this article, we wanted to dive a little deeper into managing leadership mistakes. The best way to approach dealing with leadership management mistakes is to simply avoid them. Easier said than done, right? Here are some things to remember to ensure you stay on track as a leader and avoid common management mistakes:

  • Make sure you are fully adjusted to your new management role before taking on a team;
  • Always set clear expectations;
  • Find peace in learning and adjusting to chaotic situations;
  • Schedule time to check-in with employees daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on the team’s needs;
  • Recognize and reward hard-working employees;
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate!

Find Effective Leaders with Roos Advisors

Roos Advisors is committed to helping you scale your real estate team. Our certified professionals use experiential evaluation and learning to help teams work more effectively by developing the core fundamentals of trust, commitment, accountability, productive conflict resolution, and results-driven goal-setting.

We help business owners reclaim their sense of direction and quality of life by growing their dream business and providing practical, actionable solutions. Let’s kickstart your journey to personal and professional excellence. Contact us today and schedule a free 15-minute virtual consultation to see if we are the right solution for your business.

Recent Posts

Leave a Comment

16 − four =

Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Translate »