Mistakes, we’ve all made them, but as a leader, it seems like we’re not meant to make mistakes at all. Now, we know this is impossible, that’s why pencils have erasers. But when you’re leading a team, or you’re leading a business, if you are prone to taking a lot of chances, your likelihood of making a mistake is intensified. The risk is the most important aspect of developing, but before you do that, you need to make sure that you’re covered in other ways. In other words, sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees. It’s the simple mistakes that will cost you. Here are the two mistakes you’re making as a leader.
A Haphazard Approach To Everything
Trying to do ten things at once will either mean you’re going to rush something or spend too much time on something else. Multi-tasking is part and parcel of workloads, which is why prioritizing them becomes a skill that you can fine tune over time. If you, as the leader, are taking a haphazard approach to work, then you aren’t just wasting company time and money, but you’re setting a bad example to others. The solution is surprisingly simple, organize. If you have piles of paper files and they’re in no discernible order, things are bound to fall through the cracks. So either delegate or appropriate the right tech. Accountancy and paystub files have been the lifesaver of a small business because it helps to keep all the financial details in one place. Appearing disorganized doesn’t inspire trust from anyone, so you need to think about your approach to work and delegation, do you have a haphazard approach?
Playing The Blame Game
Taking a lot of risks is all well and good, but when those risks don’t come up as well you’d hoped, then what happens? Do you take responsibility for your actions or do you start to blame everything else around you? Ownership and admittance of your mistakes will show a confidence that blaming outside influences will most certainly not! Blame and criticism are two sides to the same coin, and if you’re a leader that is quick to criticize and not take on board what you have done wrong, the business won’t move forward. As a leader, by blaming others and needlessly critiquing others show that there is something going on within themselves that has to be examined. The blame game is all about not seeing the positives, and it’s never constructive and belies a poor attitude to your employees. There is too much importance placed on “saving face” and looking after one’s own interests. This is not the approach of a team player, and it’s not the way to lead a core group of people that you have to trust, because why would they even trust you if you blame them for your mistakes?