As I promised, here are the next 3 mistakes that leaders make.  If you missed Part 1 where I listed the first 3 mistakes you can read it here.  The final 3 will be revealed in my next post.  As I stated previously, this list is not all inclusive and in no particular order.  I invite you to take an honest look at the leader you have been and determine if there are areas you may want to improve.

  1. Micro-managing

You may be a “detail” person but do you really need to be involved in every decision?  Are all those meetings you schedule really necessary?  Do you delegate tasks but not delegate the responsibility that goes along with the task? 

We are all being asked to do more with less but if you find yourself too much into the details, STOP, and take a step back.  What is really going on?  Do you not trust your employees?   Pressure to get things done quickly sometimes results in micro managing.  If you have done your job as a leader and set the vision for your team, clearly communicated that vision and what is expected, then let go.   Let your people do their job.  Constantly checking up on them will do more harm, cause them to be less productive and quickly lead to an environment of distrust.

  1. Treating each employee exactly the same.

How well do you know the individuals on your team?  Really know them?  You don’t have to be best friends with each one of them.  However, you must know them well enough to know what motivates and drives them.  You need to know how they process information so you can effectively communicate with them. 

Really knowing what drives the individuals is critical to being successful.  Research indicates for employees to be engaged they need to feel valued and recognized for their work. Recognition is often overlooked and can be as simple as saying “Thank You”. 

  1. Lack of follow through

Actions speak louder than words.  Your reputation depends on you being accountable to doing what you say you are going to do. That is why it is critical to follow through.  No matter how small the commitment may seem it is important to keep your word. 

Now I know that things will come up and you may not always be able to do exactly what you committed to.  But when that happens, acknowledge it and talk about it.  Don’t just let it slide.  Explain to the person what circumstances may have changed and have a real dialog about what can be done.  It may not seem like a big deal to you, but it may be to them.  Remember to put yourself in their shoes and follow through.

Are you guilty of any of these mistakes.  Don't worry, the good news is you are now aware of the problem and you can take action to change your behavior.  Let me know what you think by commenting on this blog.