Managing a team can be tricky, especially when it comes to dealing with a variety of personalities. Although leaders and managers are bound to make mistakes from time to time, there is a significant advantage in knowing the trouble spots beforehand.
Common Leadership Mistakes
Lack of Feedback
Feedback is a powerful management tool that comes at no cost to you. The feedback you provide can serve as a guide to assist your team to understand how you and others around them perceive their performance.
Lack of feedback can directly affect employee morale, employee satisfaction, and work productivity. Regular and effective feedback is critical to improving performance as it allows employees to know how they’re doing, what’s working, and what needs improvement.
It is important to note that constructive feedback should be specific, timely, meaningful, and candid.
Clear communication improves overall company performance. When employees and leaders are better connected, employees know exactly what their responsibilities are and leaders know exactly what support their team needs.
Poor communication can be avoided by blocking out time in your schedule specifically for your team. This time can be spent through methods like "management by walking around," which is an effective way to stay in touch.
Failure to Set Goals
Goal setting provides employees with a clear understanding of what to focus on and gives them a sense of ownership as they see how their goals align to the company’s mission. Setting quarterly and/or yearly goals allow employees to better prioritize their workload effectively.
Employees who work without set goals are unproductive as they lack motivation in their daily tasks and are unable to gauge their progress in the long run. SMART goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely, have a direct impact on employee productivity.
Motivation is a huge part of what makes employees want to consistently do their best at their job. Employees who are motivated are productive and creative, producing high quality work in every given opportunity.
Leaders and managers need to get to know their employees to learn what makes them motivated. Whether it’s monetary rewards, telecommuting days, or increased responsibility, using different tactics to motivate employees based on individual wants and needs will bring higher levels of employee engagement.
Hiring the right talent to join your team should be something that is carefully planned and thought out. It is important that the hiring process is managed effectively to ensure that you are interviewing a list of suitable candidates that fit your company culture.
Speeding the recruitment process solely for the wrong reason of filling positions quickly can lead to recruiting the wrong people for your team. New hires who turn out to be uncooperative and unproductive will cause more harm in the future by increasing recruitment costs and lengthening the time taken to fill the skills gap when it comes time to rehire for the same position.