Here are the last 3 mistakes that leaders make.  Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 if you happened to miss them.  Again, take time to reflect back on your leadership style.  Have you been guilty of any of these 9 mistakes?

7.  Acting as if you have all the answers

Just because you have the title of “Boss” doesn’t mean you have to have all the answers.  As a matter of fact, managers who insist on making all the decisions often wind up with a team that sits back, doesn’t take action and eventually disengages entirely. 

If you tend to have an overly directive approach, take a step back and acknowledge it with your team.  Share your personal and organizational goals.  Then admit that you don’t have all the answers and ask for your team’s help in reaching those goals.  This will allow your people to actively take part in organization’s success.  This act of humility is often seen as courageous and inspires others to follow suit.

  1. Failure to communicate

We all have heard that communication is critical to any relationship but how many of us still don’t communicate well.  We think if we say something once, the other person should hear it and with the same intention we meant when we said it.  Wrong!  Research indicates that a person needs to hear new information at least 3 times before it registers into his/her mind for immediate recollection.  So you may feel like you are repeating yourself but they may be “hearing" it for the first time.

Another tip is to have the person repeat back what you said.  Often we assume our point has been made because no follow-up questions have been asked.  What is really happening is that people are not engaged in what you are saying, which is why they aren’t asking questions—and won’t remember what you said.  The solution is repetition. 

  1. Not continuing to learn and grow

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”  I love this quote from John F. Kennedy.  An effective leader sees the need to continually stretch and grow.  Not just themselves but also the individuals on their team.

Take time to get training not only in the skills needed to perform the job but more importantly take time for personal development.  Learning doesn’t have to be done only in the traditional ways of classroom, online, delegating, coaching and mentoring.  Create different opportunities for you and your people to grow.  Don’t forget some of the most valuable skills can be learned from each other.

There you have it, the 9 critical mistakes that leaders make.  Use this as a starting point for you to take a hard look at your current leadership style and ask yourself if you are making the impact you want to make.  If not, you can choose to do things differently.  As always, I would love to have your thoughts and comments.

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