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Leadership – Common Mistakes And How to Knock the Socks off Them

 

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them
John C. Maxwell

Leadership may be a process of social influence in which a person can inspire and guide another person or a group of people in order to achieve a common goal, but that doesn’t mean making mistakes is out of the question.

Name me one person who doesn’t make a mess from once in a while. I believe becoming a leader involves a series of unfortunate events – one should know that bloopers and errors and not as bad as they seem. On the contrary, they are part of who we are and help us to move forward.
 

Common mistakes leaders usually make

1. Being afraid to delegate somebody to do something;
 
2. Suffocating your team members and driving them nuts;
 
3. Not listening, knowing or wanting to know about others’ needs;
 
4. Not giving responsibility to your team members because 1,2 or 3;
 
5. Being arrogant and lacking tolerance.
 
Yes, we all make mistakes and, at some point, we are all beginners when we start a fresh new road. We sometimes are afraid to delegate someone to do something, or suffocate a team member, we sometimes do not have the time or lack the mood to listen. We’re even arrogant.

And you know what? Making mistakes and admitting that we were wrong is part of our personal and professional development. This way we learn how to interact with other people, how to listen to them, motivate and inspire them.

Looking from an objective perspective, every moment is unique and unrepeatable, and learning never ends. And yes, learning means making some mistakes from once in a while.
 

A piece of advice?

Keep your way of thinking, of acting and of speaking as natural as you can. If possible, avoid being deceitful – double dealing won’t get you anywhere.
 

1. Be yourself.

Keep your way of thinking, of acting and of speaking as natural as you can. If possible, avoid being deceitful – double dealing won’t get you anywhere.
 

2. Admit if you don’t know something.

It’s natural not to know everything and that’s why you have to let other people say what they have in mind.

Communication builds bridges of knowledge and friendship.

 

3. Before creating all sorts of expectations regarding your team mates, find out if you meet these characteristics you want them to fulfill – maybe they’re expecting the same from you.

Leaders usually want their colleagues to be curious, open-minded, honest, committed, hard-working, creative and innovative, but ask yourselves this thing: as a leader, are you curious enough? Are you open-minded, honest, committed, hard-working, creative or innovative?
 
I don’t believe that living a schizophrenic life is a solution to working efficient and having a healthy lifestyle. There are many people who either mix work with personal life or are different persons when it comes to these two verges. Manage today’s world dynamics by finding your inner balance and taking care of it.
 
 

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If you asked me, all these characteristics – openness, honesty, hard-work, creativity, innovation, commitment – forge a complete, complex picture. Think about it – what would happen with the rainbow if you removed a single hue or color out of it?

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