We all know that mistakes can be great learning experiences. However, wouldn’t it be great to gain the knowledge learned from a mistake without actually making it? With this list of common movement mistakes, managers can learn what not to do so that they can become successful leaders.
Not Giving Feedback
Whether it’s positive or negative, your employees probably would like to know how they’re doing. Giving regular, constructive feedback is one of the keys to being a good manager.
According to a survey of 1,400 executives by The Ken Blanchard Companies, the most common mistake for leaders to make is to not provide feedback to their employees. Learn how to provide regular feedback to your employees, and make sure that it happens more often than just a year-end review.
Not Making Time for Your Employees
Even though being a manager means that your calendar is filled up almost every day, you still need to make sure to spend time with your employees. Learn to actively listen to them, become aware of their needs and make sure to keep an “open door policy” with employees. To make it easier on yourself, you can block off time on your calendar to check in with your team.
Taking a “Hands-Off” Approach
Despite popular belief, one of the more common management mistakes is being too hands-off. Most managers are fearful of becoming a micromanaging leader, so they take a completely hands-off approach. This isn’t the best method for several reasons. For example, one of your employees might be completing a project in the wrong way, but you wouldn’t know until that project is completed because of your hands-off approach.
It’s best to strike a balance between micromanaging and a hands-off approach. Experiment with different methods until you find what works for your situation.
Being Too Friendly
Yes, you need to be friendly and approachable with your staff; but be careful of overdoing it. When your relationship is too friendly with employees, it can get lead to uncomfortable situations. For example, an employee might try to use your friendly relationship to take advantage of a situation. Another employee might get jealous of a relationship you have with their colleague. In other words, things can get messy fast.
However, that doesn’t mean that you need to be completely aloof with your staff. Again, a balance needs to be struck between friendliness and indifference. Make sure to set clear boundaries and stick to them.
When you set rules and guidelines for your employees, make sure that you follow them too. Walking the walk is important because you need to be a role model for your employees. If you don’t allow personal phone calls during work or gossiping, don’t do it yourself. Your team is watching you more than realize. Make sure to be a good role model, and they will respect you more for it.
Sometimes, managers feel like no one can get the job done better than they can, so they don’t delegate. However, when you don’t give out tasks to your employees, you are creating more stress and, obviously, more work than you need.
Delegating might take more work up front because you will need to train your employees, but the process should become easier with the right feedback.
Motivating Your Employees the Wrong Way
One of the most common management mistakes is wrongful motivation. It’s important to know what exactly motivates your team. Most of the time, its more than just compensation. Some people seek fun events at work, some seek a work/life balance, some might be motivated by telecommuting, etc. Find out what motivates your team most, and reward them for their hard work.
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