In previous articles we spoke about the importance of team work for achieving the company’s success. Today we’ll go over a topic which is strictly related: leaders. They are the ones responsible for guiding the team and making it work.
However, if leadership is not positive, it can lead to failure.
Hence, we suggest every leader to avoid these five habits:
Fostering the team’s division
When being a leader it is vital to encourage cooperation and team work. This might seem obvious. However, many times, without realizing, you could be excluding certain members of the team and this could result in annoyance or conflicts. We suggest you pay a lot of attention when going out for lunch/dinner, going for drinks after work, and even when creating a WhatsApp group. You should always include all members of the team.
Taking for granted that your team knows what you want
Never take things for granted. A good leader doesn’t assume anything, instead she/he always takes the time for explaining things and making them clear enough; she/he gives precise instructions and helps clear up any possible doubt. She/he must always make room for feedback and, when detecting something is not being done correctly, she/he gets involved for making corrections and explaining what was done wrong and how to go on.
Being close-minded regarding new ideas
When being in front of a team, you should always be open-minded. Although your modality works, we suggest you are open to changes and to assimilating said changes into the working process. This will avoid your employees from coming to a halt and, instead, will keep them active and dynamic.
Not acknowledging your team’s work
There’s nothing more discouraging than a leader who appropriates the success attained by the whole team. Although it’s true that she/he is an essential key for result, a good leader shares credits with all her/his team. And, even more important, a good leader never steps aside when things go wrong. As a team, the most important aspect is to always support each other.
Not delegating responsibilities
A bad leader finds it difficult to delegate tasks because she/he is afraid that somebody might outpace her/him. Hence she/he takes hold of her/his authority and does most of the work alone with the aim of generating total dependency on her/his person. And, besides, when acting in this way, she/he demonstrates not trusting mates. A good leader blindly trusts her/his team and knows team work generates more and better results.
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