Accepting a new leadership role is cause for celebration, however you have to avoid the common mistakes new leaders make. Check out for these common mistakes during your first 100 days in the office.
1. Trapped in the Status Quo
It is often common for new leaders to hear from their team or colleagues “we have always done it this way”. You should not just accept any way, because it has been like that. New leaders should think about change and improvement. I am not suggesting that you have to reinvent every wheel in the organization but only accept ways that will support the successful execution of the firm’s strategy.
2. Give Promises that are Difficult to Fulfill
Sometimes new leaders might be tempted to promise the team in other to create faster acceptance and team loyalty. Warn you, do not give promises which are beyond your control. Example promise for promotion, pay increase etc. When you failed to deliver on your promises, you’ll lose credibility with your team.
3. Do not Research about the New Environment
It is important for new leaders to research about their new environment . The environment includes your team, customers, competitors, community and any other factor that could impact your performance. May be you are given this leadership position to create and implement change. If a new leader want to succeed , you have to understand the dynamic and a very open operating environment.
4. Form Opinion on First Impression
Be careful Mr. New Leader. Some team members will most likely come to you with lots of sweet words. This is to show their loyalty and support to your regime: politics. Do not just believe them and take important decisions base on their info without proper scanning. Forming first impression alliance with these artificial sweeteners could be the beginning of your leadership failure or success.
5. Not Committed to People Development
When new leaders entered into office, the most common question in the mind of most middle and junior employees is what does this new leader have for us. Developing and managing talent should be part of your individual development plan. Do not just jump to target or financial goals without planning something for people who will help achieve the corporate goals.
6. Thinking you Know Everything
No matter how intelligent or smart you are, you should never assumed that you know everything. No body would want to be led by a person who believe that he knows all and would not allow them do their own part of the cake making. The sad truth is the fact that a leader who believes he knows everything, will in most cases impose decision on others. Harvard Business School Professor Linda Hill studies shows that as direct reports, the more talented the subordinate, the less likely she is to simply follow orders. Let the employees do their job. In fact, I advise you to delegate and learn more from them.
7. Thinking the Team is About You .
Hey, there will be no leader if there is no one to lead, so therefore do not even think that the new position is all about you. It is about the team and you provides the direction and guidance. Do not made the mistake that the successes are the result of your individual work only.
Leadership is about loving and empowering the people who trust and embrace your vision for the future – Bruce Van Horn
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