7 reasons why you may be a bad example for your employees
There is a principle called Occam's Razor. It states that all things being equal, the most effective and efficient solution to a problem is the simplest way. Often in life people tend not to follow this principle, because they simply do not believe in simplicity.
For example, we want to summarize basic human principles or the 10 commandments of the church in one sentence. The most logical phrase is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Let's use that logic with leadership. What are you thinking about? Do you already have any options? You've probably heard this phrase more than once.
Here it is: Set an example with your actions.
If a leader is never late, employees will try to act like him. It works the other way around, too. A leader is someone who creates workflow and shows the right way to work. In any organization, the leader is the one who gets the most attention. People follow such people. They will adopt both positive and negative qualities from the leader.
Let's look at seven basic mistakes you can make as a leader that can hurt your company.
People don't like negativity, especially if it comes from a superior. Employees want to find performance, new ideas, or the right advice in you. Almost everyone can criticize and complain, because it is the easiest thing to do, but it is not a solution. It takes character and problem-solving skills to gain trust in a colleague.
2. Incorrect criticism
Mistakes happen everywhere, both among the lowest levels of employees and in management. If we know how to accept our mistakes correctly and know how to correct them, we are fine. Incorrect criticism can ruin a team, even if it takes place one-on-one in the office. Instead, we need to learn how to criticize properly. Learn to find the good in your employees, and find opportunities for them to develop.
Praise is what everyone wants for a job well done. Leaders must use this desire of people to get the workflow right.
3. The inability to listen
The ability to listen is one of the most useful abilities a supervisor can have. You don't want people on the board who will just give in. You need people who can provide a new challenge or reconsider a situation from a different angle.
The ability to listen is something that many people lack. You can't be a long and successful boss if you don't have that skill.
4. Lack of vision
There are many companies that have failed to keep up with the rapidly changing world in their time. Kodak was a breakthrough company at one time, they created the digital camera, but they didn't go beyond film, and that was their mistake. Innovation comes into our lives all the time, and we can't ignore it.
Leaders must be able to spot changes in the world in time for the company to always stay afloat.
Everyone should develop the ability to make important decisions, and preferably as quickly as possible. Indecision is the killer of workflow efficiency. There is often so much to do in companies that one small delay can lead to serious financial costs. Determination shows your people that you have a plan that you stick to, and you always know what to do. Even if it turns out to be a mistake, you can always reconsider your strategy and take other measures. However, if you do nothing at all, your workflow will be paralyzed, and no one will know what to do.
6. Inability to learn
Great leaders know what knowledge is worth. Books are the greatest treasure that is always with us. You must start your day by learning something new. Read a variety of scholarly articles (not necessarily from your area of work, as even developing general knowledge can seriously help your job). Your brain should be set up for mental activity before you even get to work.
7. Avoiding responsibility
This is the killer of all bosses. If you are a leader, you must take full responsibility. If you are not willing to take responsibility for the mistakes that happen in your organization, then you are not ready for a basic business principle.
If you have already started to develop, make sure you don't develop these bad habits. Even though they seem simple, getting rid of them is much harder than getting used to them.
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