Leadership Success: Five BIG LEADERSHIP MISTAKES you may never see coming
The key to leadership is influence and the key to influence is making sure your people feel valuable.
The seduction of power: Being the boss can cause some people to believe they are superior beings. If you feel like you kind of own your people and they are lucky to be working for you, you have a problem. You may be power crazy if you refer to yourself in the 3rd person, you interrupt your employees in the middle of important business tasks to get them to do personal favors for you or people tend to bow and clasp their hands when they ask you questions.
Causing people to stop using common sense: People who are demanding cause their people to get distracted away from their priorities. Common sense is not always that common! You need to make sure you are not distracting your people away from thinking and you get people to think by asking good questions.
Indulging in favoritism: Do you have employees that you like more than others? Do you think the other employees know that? This is a big deal because it can cause a good employee to lower their productivity. If some employees feel less valuable than others they will stop giving their best effort.
Overreactions that create liars: You may act in a way that makes your people not want to tell you things (you end up the least informed person in the office). There is enough dishonesty in the world without us creating it in the people around us. Some of us have more control over our reactions that others. Overreactions are an acute awareness. If you have quick reflexes, you tend to be over reactive (a good pilot or Astronaut is the exception but they are hard to find). The key is to be accepting and tolerant or tell people you may overreact but you recover quickly.
Believing that it’s not what you say, it’s what you do:
Your strategic thinking won’t help you enough.
What comes out of your mouth creates the culture around you. It’s not what you do, it’s what you say in reality.
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