Being a business leader seems simple; make wise decisions and become a leader that your team can rely on to make your industry thrive. However, leadership skills are harder to harness than they seem and there are many mistakes that business leaders make every day without even realising it. Here are the five worst mistakes that you can make as a leader.
1. Don’t let your team down
Turning up to work late or missing a few meetings might seem insignificant at the time, but these will stick in your team’s mind and might make them question your leadership skills. Research shows that we are more likely to remember our colleagues’ negative behaviour instead of the positive; no matter how many great things you have contributed to the company, you will never be a truly great leader if you continuously let your team down.
2. Not giving honest feedback
Being positive in the workplace is a great boost for morale, but a good leader will find a balance between encouragement and constructive criticism. You are the most knowledgeable person on the team and your colleagues will be looking to you for guidance; if a member of your team is straying or doing something incorrectly, you need to put them back on the right path with some honest feedback.
3. Failing to show your softer side
While you’re not expected to be everyone’s best friend, it’s important to present yourself as a personable leader that anyone can approach. Bond with your team on a works night out or through team building exercises so that they can feel comfortable coming to you with any questions or ideas that will ultimately improve your business.
4. Not having a clear goal for your team
Giving your team something to aim for is a great way to boost group morale and motivation. No matter how big or small the goal is, it’s important to have one as it allows your teammates to re-focus their work if they lose sight of the final aim.
5. Taking on too much work
You may have a lot of company knowledge, but that doesn’t mean you should take on every work task yourself; this will lead to physical and emotional burnout and you won’t be an effective leader when your team need you the most. Analyse the strengths of the people in your workforce and work together to make your business as strong as it can be.
To find out more about how to become a strong leader, contact a member of the Anthony Gregg Partnership team.