As a leader, you do the best job you can. If you are like most, you have an ideal leadership style and an actual one. Unfortunately, our quest to get the mission accomplished combined with numerous daily fires often have us often falling short of the ideal and what's left behind – the actual, lends itself to committing some of the most basic (and non-basic) of leadership errors. For example, how often do you knowingly overload a star performer? We expect star performers to cry "uncle" but all too often, the only time we tend to listen is when the star performer begins to fail or (as is often the case), they get tired of getting dumped on and they depart for greener pastures.
Here are four other mistakes detailed in Susan Cramm's article over at the Harvard Business Review:
- Sponsoring a project that isn't ready for prime time
- Managing jobs rather than careers
- Negatively labeling others
- Refusing to address performance issues
What do you think? Do these sound like some of your company's leadership challenges? How are you addressing them?
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