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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Bullock

4 mistakes most managers make when it comes to leadership

There are many managers but only a few good leaders. Simply holding a leadership position does not make you an effective leader.

The main problem, in my opinion, is that few managers understand what it means to be a true leader.

Defining the company's vision, developing its strategy and delivering presentations are crucial activities, but they account for only a small proportion of the time we spend as leaders.

Here are 4 common mistakes that prevent many managers from being excellent leaders:

1. Failing to delegate

Delegating is an attribute of solid leaders. It amounts to much more than simply assigning tasks; you're making others feel appreciated, connected and engaged. It also gives people an opportunity to learn and enhance their talents while you increase your influence.

2. Not modelling the behaviour they want to see

Leading from the front establishes the standard and provides a model for your team to copy. This is critical because people constantly watch their leaders. As a leader, your behaviour impacts what your team is doing and how they get it done.

3. Ignoring the needs of their team

It's easy to become so consumed with your responsibilities as a manager or leader that you don't make yourself available to your team.

Yes, you have projects to finish. However, your people must come first. If you aren't available when they need you, they won't know what to do and will lack the guidance to achieve their objectives. Make time for your team and learn to listen closely to them. Set aside time each week to improve your emotional intelligence so that you can be more aware of your team's needs.

4. Not acting as a mentor or coach

This is something I feel all leaders must grasp and practise regularly. Every interaction provides a chance to coach, whether by example, enquiry, ideas or exchange of experiences. This is excellent leadership in action.

I believe that excellent leadership consists of many small actions that, on their own, may not appear significant, but when added together, have a substantial impact on your people and their productivity.

TAKEAWAY: The better you understand what good management involves, the simpler it is for you to devote time to refining your leadership talents and putting them to use in building effective teams.


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