The 3 Biggest Mistakes That Leaders Make

There is no official handbook you receive once you make it to a managerial position.

If you haven’t gone to business school or taken management courses, you may feel the struggle that many leaders face when trying to manage their teams.

Read below to learn the 3 biggest mistakes that leaders make and in order to take measures to avoid doing the same.

Too Much Talking, Not Enough Listening

One of the quintessential mistakes that many managers make is believing that they need to do all of the talking, but none of the listening.

Yes, you must provide an overview of a new project, yes you must delegate responsibilities, and, yes, you must provide feedback, but you should also devote just as much, if not more, time to listening to your employees.

When managers don’t have the skills to actively listen to their team, a host of problems ensues.

First, the staffers will make mistakes because they were either too scared to ask for clarification, or the manager didn’t really listen to their concerns.

Second, the employees don’t feel valued and empowered, and believe that they are simple members of an assembly line who can be replaced.

Third, true teamwork never develops because there is only one-way communication, which doesn’t foster empathy, common understanding and respect.

Not Motivating The Team

While it’s a fact that your workers do their jobs for compensation, that doesn’t mean your position doesn’t require the need to motivate them to work more productively.

There is a big difference between an employee who comes in and does their bare minimum to receive a paycheck, and another employee who feels it their duty and mission to do what’s best for their department and company.

If you don’t know how to motivate your team, you will see a loss in productivity and a low corporate morale.

Therefore, you must learn what motivates your staff members; an important thing to remember is that it’s not always money! It can be verbal praise, promotion, time off, etc.!

Being Too Hands On Or Off

A great leader knows the perfect balance of involvement in their team’s daily activities.

Unfortunately, the large percentage of managers are not great leaders as they simply don’t know how much input they need to make into their staff’s activities.

A micromanager doesn’t trust their colleagues to make their own decisions, so instead of delegating responsibilities, they involve themselves in every part of the project.

On the other hand, a boss that is too hands off alienates themselves from the team completely, and makes them feel alone.

Either of these leadership qualities doesn’t benefit the team or the company.

Thanks again

Mark Williams

Head of Training and Development

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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.