Common Leadership Mistakes You are Probably Making

“The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and the self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

That’s right- it sounds hard -very hard for a go-getting entrepreneur who has the inherent need to be a one-man show. After all, if you want something done right, do it yourself, right?


At the very heart of the issue, a great leader is one who cultivates trust. Trust in your self that you picked the right team, trust in your team that they will give it their all and trust in the process and the goals that you are striving to achieve.

Even with a dedicated foundation of trust, there are many missteps along the road.  What is a great way to avoid them? Get ahead of them…

One of the most common is ego. In all its glory, the ego has the power to destroy even the best-laid plans for business owners. It is vital to learn to separate the ego from the decision making process.

Try putting together a small committee of advisors, perhaps colleagues or mentors and trusted team members. When difficult decisions arise, including other perspectives can help you redirect away form the “ I can do it all and I can do it best” mentality.

Insisting that you are right because you are the boss, raising your voice, lying, and turning a blind eye are some of the mistakes you can catch yourself in the act of, and rectify the behavior quickly.

It’s important to remain hyper-aware of yourself when you are a leader, constantly check yourself and redirect if necessary. Lead by example- yes, even you make mistakes!

Another common mistake is discouraging opinions of your team members and stifling their desire to be creative thinkers. While you may not take their suggested route, encouraging everyone to speak their opinions and think outside the box will increase their awareness of how their work impacts the business, increasing their value.

Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up when you do find you’ve committed some of these mistakes. Just make sure you learn from it, and that you let your team see that everyone can benefit form constant improvement.


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