5 Mistakes That Make a Leader Ineffective

Poor leadership by an immediate supervisor is the reason why 75% of people leave their job, according to this Gallup Poll, ranking bad bosses as the #1 reason employees quit.

Why is there so much lousy leadership out there? Two reasons… at least.

First, many bosses aren’t trained to lead. A study by CareerBuilder.com showed that 58% of managers did not receive any management training.

Secondly, most leaders think they are better than they actually are. In a McKinsey & Company study of 52,000+ leaders and employees, the majority of bosses rated themselves far better than their employees did.

Undertrained+overconfident=a bad boss.

I’ve studied and practiced leadership for 25 years in the military, corporate, volunteer, and government settings. I’ve seen countless bad leaders across every sector.

Here are five things that could make someone a bad leader and how to avoid being one.

1. They lack the humility to seek help

Asking for help or advice from subordinates or peers is a sign of mature leadership. Not asking is a sign of an insecure leader. Being vulnerable shows a leader trusts their team and is humble enough to learn and adapt.

Humility builds a team dynamic instead of a commander/subordinate dynamic.

How to avoid this mistake

You don’t know everything. Don’t pretend you do.

2. They don’t delegate and trust others

If the leader fails, the team fails.

Letting go was one of the hardest things for me to do as a new leader because I had the “if you want it done right, do it yourself” attitude. This mindset works in many aspects of life, but not when you lead a team.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your hands dirty — do get them dirty, and then let the team lead you by staying out of their way.

A good leader removes obstacles, including themselves.

How to avoid this mistake:

3. They lie, sometimes unintentionally

How you can avoid this mistake

What you say now really matters. Your words directly affect lives.

Only say what you’d be willing to write in blood. Saying you don’t know is a much better answer than speculating.

Overpromising+underdelivering = bad leadership.

Read the full article at: medium.com