It is essential for us to know what not to do when put in leadership roles. Below I outline the mistakes I’ve done in the past few months and things I had to overcome to be better at what I do.
1. INABILITY TO ORGANIZE DETAILS
Efficient leadership calls for ability to organize and to master details. No genuine leader is ever “too busy” to do anything which may be required of him in his capacity as leader. When a man, whether he is a leader or follower, admits that he is “too busy” to change his plans, or to give attention to any emergency, he admits his inefficiency. The successful leader must be the master of all details connected with his position. Attention to detail is important in any role, it starts with this ability in order for a leader to be able to handle any leadership role.
2. UNWILLINGNESS TO RENDER HUMBLE SERVICE
Great leaders are willing, when occasion demands, to perform any sort of job which they would ask another to perform. When a leader thinks he is “too good” for a certain type of task, he isn’t really a leader. A leader is someone who can do any times, independently of the level, whether it goes from cleaning the toilets, to handling the finances of the company. He should be the do-it-all, not the think-they-know-it-all.
3. EXPECTATION OF PAY FOR WHAT THEY “KNOW” INSTEAD OF WHAT THEY DO WITH THAT
​I have been interviewing people for several years, interviews that are sorted for different roles and positions, interviews in which I need to identify who can be the best fit for a leadership role, and who will simply be a follower. The most amusing thing is to find individuals who, because they have earned a Bachelor’s degree, or even more, think they should be entitled to a better paid than anyone else, simply because they have this knowledge or certifications. The beauty of my business is the fact that I pay people for what they do with their knowledge, not for what they think they “know”. I still remember an Interview I ran roughly six months ago, with an individual who, judging by his resumé, had been working in Senior positions for quite sometime. When I started his interview, I explained to him that I was interviewing him for an entry level position (the one he applied for), but, that since his resume showed certain certifications that were quite impressive, we might consider him for a better role, as long as we analyze his performance if granted the opportunity. The gentleman I was interviewing told me: “I’m not looking for an entry level position, I want to be the CEO of the company, with my experience and my Bachelors degree, I should be able to get his position, since I believe I’m more qualified than your CEO, otherwise I’m not taking the job”. The fact that this individual denigrated the CEO of the company he was applying for a job at, give me the chance to dismiss the individual, with no chances to try for a better job at the company.
4. FEAR OF COMPETITION FROM FOLLOWERS
One thing that made afraid when I started in business, was the idea of someone being better than I was at something, because I thought that this individual may take my position away. As I grew and learned, I understood that it is not how well I do things, but how well I train someone to be better than I am at something. That ability had help me grow as a person, as well as multiply my business into a bigger and more organic company. If you consider yourself a leader, don’t be afraid of challenging your followers to be better than you, that will only push you to be better, to get stronger and to motivate better employees, and better people for your company.
5. LACK OF IMAGINATION
Have you analyze what’s the number one characteristic HR Managers and CEOs are looking for? Uniqueness, the ability to be creative at something, the gift of showing how authentic you can be. A leader should be able to come up with ideas on a daily basis. If a leader lacks imagination, then he really can’t lead. he can’t show that he will be able to solve any problem or create something to enhance the company’s performance
6. SELFISHNESS
How many times have you heard of a leader being selfish? Have you heard anyone say Bill Gates is selfish?. Leaders are the most selfish people when it comes to learning, but they are the most selfless people, when it comes to teaching and training others. I learnt this from one of my comrades, he said to me: “Be selfish about what you learn and what will help you succeed, because, if you are selfish to get better, you will train better people, be selfless though, selfless when you train them “. The individual who told me this, is currently running one of the top 10 marketing companies in the country.
7. DISLOYALTY
Loyal leaders tend to be the most reliable leaders, and often, the ones who grow a business quicker. Be loyal to yourself, to your team, to your employees, to your company and to your employer. The key to success in leadership lies on the ability to give trust and take trust, if we are not loyal to the people we surround ourselves to, how do we expect them to help us grow?. As leaders we fail to recognize this key, and until we realize this, we are not going to succeed.
8. ABUSE OF POWER
Leadership isn’t about how much power you hold over people, but how much influence you can create, Leadership is about inspiring people to do well, inspiring them to follow your vision and see it through. I’ve seen so many leaders fail because of their abuse of power, because they see themselves as something better than anyone else. I was one of those leaders, who thought people should do things for me because I was a leader, and I had the power. Abusing that power will drive us to the ground.
9. EMPHASIS OF TITLE
​This cause and the previous one are connected, there is no abuse of power without emphasizing the “title” the person holds. A good leader will never say “I am a leader” but instead, will show his ability of leading people. A bad leader in the other hand, will boast his title, and his certifications. Leadership isn’t about the title, or achievements, or anything we have done. It is all about how well we treat people, how we can influence them and how well we manage that attention without raising our pride.
Content Credits: Mario Moradel