4 Avoidable Leadership Mistakes
Think of a time in your leadership (maybe at home or in your career) when you made a LEADERSHIP mistake; what was the price you had to pay?
Loss of time?
Loss of resources?
Loss of respect from those you lead?
Chances are when we make mistakes as leaders, it’s probably because we are trying to help those we lead navigate change.
Here are four common mistakes to avoid as you lead change (at home or in your career).
Mistake 1: Don’t Be Too Rigid
During seasons of change, it’s imperative to be more gracious with those you lead. If there was a ratio follow of GRACE over TRUTH, it might look like 5/1 in regular times of leadership. However, during seasons of change, you will want to go up to 7 or 8 parts grace to one part truth.
Mistake 2: Don’t Be Overly Positive
Being gracious is not the same as being overly optimistic. The people you lead (your family or your team) need you to be firm during the season of change. When you become extremely positive, the team loses respect for your leadership. They see the reality, and they need your firm guidance to get them through the change.
Mistake 3: Don’t Conspire with the Negative Emotions of Others
It’s okay for the team to have negative emotions. However, you will have a HUGE problem when negative emotions turn into insubordination. Let your team know you understand and hear their feelings, but insist they stay the course and execute the strategic plan.
Mistake 4: Don’t Let Your Amygdala Take Control
Finally, don’t allow your Amygdala to take control. The Amygdala is the emotional processor of your brain. When you become highly stressed, your Amygdala takes over, and your pre-frontal cortex (the logic processor) shuts down. Your decision-making becomes erratic, and you become prone to outbursts of emotions. Instead, learn to regulate your Amygdala and stay in control.
One Last Thought
Are you approaching a season of change in your family or business? Let’s set up a consultation to see how coaching can help you through the transition.