As a business leader, workload and targets may overwhelm you to a point you forget people are looking up to you for inspiration.
Below are some of the mistakes you must avoid for success as a business leader:
Failing to Set Clear and Realistic Goals
Goals guide you through the way. You should lay down your goals and discuss with your team the steps to take to achieve them. You can make time to reevaluate the progress as a team and know where you might be doing right or wrong.
Working without goals will mean you and your team are walking in darkness and may not be prepared to handle challenges that come your way. You can either choose to set the goals with the whole group or with a few management team members, then share the final draft with the rest of the team.
Micromanaging Your Team
Micromanagement is time-consuming and frustrating, and it demotivates your team and creates mistrust. It is best to give your team independence because it encourages productivity and creativity. It also shows your employees you are empathetic and sensitive, and human.
However, even as you avoid micromanaging your people, avoid the hands-off attitude displayed when you hand over a project and forget about it until it is finished. You can easily follow up on an assignment’s progress and offer guidance without being a snoopy or hovering kind of boss.
Failing to Create Time for Your Team
Everyone needs attention and to be heard out. As a boss, you may have a workload, but it is best to create time for your team. Regardless of how short the time is, it makes a big difference. It is crucial to hear your employees out and know their pain points. You also need to know what they like or don’t like about the environment.
Having Double Standards
It’s easy to set rules like a boss and feel you are not obligated to follow them. You may feel you do not owe anyone an explanation. Your juniors watch you and how you handle yourself. They create an attitude towards you based on how you act. How you adhere to the rules will determine how much they will follow them as well.
As a leader, you should listen to hear what challenges your juniors face, which will help you know where to change to achieve your company’s goals. Always remember the employees are the company’s backbone.