If your leadership style is driven by business, team and employee interests, you’re going to be in a position to succeed, especially if you can produce results.
However, even leaders with the best of intentions can have blind spots or fall into bad habits. Below are some common leadership weaknesses that you can turn into strengths in the coming year.
Inability to trust workers
Some managers either micromanage their staff members or take on more work than they can deal with, typically because they don’t trust others to handle these duties.
Rather than micromanaging or personally handling small details, focus on achieving specific results. Support efforts towards achieving those goals and trust your team to follow through. Periodic checkups can help make sure progress is being made and it’s more effective than keeping a watchful eye over everything your employees do.
Not setting clear expectations
When a leader does not set clear expectations, their staff members go through the day lacking specific direction. Employees want to be effective and without objectives in mind, they are can’t prioritize their workload.
It’s up to you to supply a clear, concise vision and specific goals for the team. You should also connect expectations to company goals. People are more likely to engage in their work if they know where it’s going and why.
You can support your team even further by figuring out what information is essential and then communicating that information to set your employees up for success.
Always ‘on the clock’
Constant connectivity gives supervisors the chance to offer feedback and more manage employees across different time zones. One issue with that is falling into the habit of always being connected. This ‘omnipresent’ approach to leadership is bad for supervisors and staff members alike. Workers might feel they ought to always be online because their manager is, or think they must get their boss’s validation on every decision.
Just because project management tools afford you this level of connectivity doesn’t mean you should always be connected. Use these tools to set expectations and to be there when you are needed.
All leaders face the risk of getting stuck in their ways over time: One approach of doing things may work for a while, but it’s critical not to let yourself get locked into the same ways of doing things.
To be adaptive, leaders have to pay attention to feedback from anyone they deal with, including employees and clients. Make it a personal goal to not just get feedback from others, but also understand that feedback and act on it.
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