- They Criticise Others
The first leadership mistake that managers make is that they criticise others.
Refuse to criticise anyone for any reason. When people make mistakes, you focus on the solution. Focus on what can be done rather than who did it and who is to blame.
This is the mark of the superior leader with admirable leadership questions
We all know that destructive criticism is harmful. Personally, we all hate to be the recipients of destructive criticism. It can make us angry for days, and even years.
Destructive criticism attacks our self-esteem, hurts our self-image and hinders us from reaching peak performance. It makes us angry and defensive.
The second leadership mistake people make is that they complain for any reason.
Complainers are always looking for something or someone to complain about.
They tend to associate with other complainers. They talk together at work and socialise after work. They go out for lunch and coffee breaks together.
Complaining becomes a natural way of life for them.
But there is a major problem with both criticising and complaining. In both situations, you are positioning yourself as a victim. When you complain you actually weaken yourself.
You feel inferior and inadequate. You feel angry and resentful. You feel negative and unsure. Your level of self-esteem and self-respect will decline as you complain about anything to someone else.
If you are not happy about something, as the manager, you are entitled to bring it to the attention of the other person.
You are responsible for putting it on the table and discussing it. These are admirable leadership qualities that you must learn to develop.
If you are not happy with a behaviour or an outcome, your job is to actively intervene to correct the situation. You can do this by being objective about the difference between what you expected and what has actually happened.
- They condemn Others On Their Team
The third leadership mistake people make is condemning anyone for any reason, inside or outside of your team.
When you condemn other people, you demoralise the listener, and the self-esteem of the other person will be severely lowered.
When you condemn people outside the company, someone will eventually tell them what you have said. Usually, a distorted version is told and will come back to haunt you.
This seems to be a law of nature, and completely unavoidable.
These recommendations are equally as important when you are talking about competitors or customers in the marketplace. Never criticise your competitors.
Admire them if they are more successful in some areas than you are. Then, look for ways to produce even better products and services, and sell them even more effectively.
Never complain about people and problems outside your business. Instead, use that same amount of mental energy to find solutions. Resolve the problems that led to the complaints in the first place.
The Best Leaders Create A Positive Environment
When you develop positive leadership qualities, your general attitude diffuses a warm light and fills the entire workplace.
You create an environment where people are relaxed and feel good about themselves and their work. You will raise the self-esteem of everyone in the workplace.
Before we wrap up, I’d like to leave you with a thought to share with you friends and followers:
“Empower others to perform at their best by continually reminding them how good they are and how much you believe in them.”
Now I’d love to hear from you, so my question today is:
Have you ever had a boss that made these mistakes?
Have you ever made them as a leader?
Do you have a brother, course mate that made these mistakes?.
Leave a comment below, and I will surely follow you up.