Leaders, Watch Out for These 5 Mistakes That Can Hinder Your Team's Progress

Published December 5th, 2020 - 04:00 GMT
Leaders, Watch Out for These 5 Mistakes That Can Hinder Your Team's Progress
Managers have been advised to friendly "lead" their teams into success, by motivating them, realizing their potential, and presenting an idol figure for everybody else to follow. (Shutterstock: Andrii Yalanskyi)

Over the last decade or so, management experts have put tremendous effort into pointing out the difference between a manager and a leader and how following the right supervisor's attitude can enhance the work environment and the outcomes achieved. This emphasis on leadership instead of strict management styles has led to a major change in the professional world and power dynamics within.

Advocates for modern workplaces have for quite a long time warned against old-fashioned managers who often like to boss people around with constant orders and allow very little space to hear subordinates out if any, as their management usually results in irreparable underperformance.

Providing an alternative, managers have instead been advised to friendly "lead" their teams into success, by motivating them, realizing their potential, and presenting an idol figure for everybody else to follow, which is supposed to foster a positive work environment focused on growth and achieving goals.

However, even the most careful leaders can fall into mistakes that have a significant impact on their teams' performances. 

1. Failing to follow up or provide feedback

Some leaders are so keen on coming off as friendly as possible that they forget to follow up with insisting on issues that their subordinates wish they can take care of.

Also, immersed in fighting bossy attitudes, some leaders can be quite afraid of providing their juniors with the feedback necessary for their professional growth and development. 

2. Being too friendly that it gets too personal

One of the very first qualities leaders try to develop to avoid being authoritarian is expressing a friendly attitude towards everyone in the office. 

However, sometimes being too friendly can have a rather damaging effect on organization goals, as many individuals can feel a less pressing need to deliver their best results. Often times, it's hard to push people to do their work if their boss was way too friendly.

3. Unacknowledging the various types of motivation

This mistake can be seen in the behaviors of both bosses and leaders. While leaders often realize the importance of encouraging words to motivate their aides, like telling them "they can do it" or thanking them for exceptional performance, they sometimes fail to see other types of motivation, such as offering financial incentives, organizing social activities, or exerting more effort into creating a relaxing work environment. 

4. Taking part in office gossip

Leaders who wish to be friendly to their team members can easily slip into this one. Trying to appeal to their juniors, some leaders think that tittle-tattling can enhance their chances of being popular amongst the team. But this is a really bad idea since it can deepen divisions they might not be aware of, in addition to it showing quite a bad example instead of presenting an idol.

5. Lack of planning subordinates' growth activities 

Another side effect of being too busy socializing with team members and winning their hearts can lead to leaders forgetting to develop growth plans and skills-developing activities that can potentially boost efforts to deliver outstanding end-results.

Do you prefer leaders over managers? What makes a leader a great one? What other mistakes do leaders fall for that would you like to highlight?


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