Leadership is not inherited; it cannot be learnt or unlearnt; leadership is a trait that is cultivated through a process of doing the right things and avoiding the wrong ones. It is a continuous endeavor to envision the right things, plan the right things and execute them to perfection. We have always talked of leadership as a process of doing the rights things in the right manner, but it is also about avoiding the wrong things. Here are the eight sins that every leader should try to dodge:
1. Thinking that it can’t be done
Getting things done is probably the most important trait and activity of a leader. A leader never believes that something is impossible to achieve instead he always focuses on finding a way to do it. Be it a random idea that comes across his mind or a detailed plan from one of his subordinates or employees, a leader will never say that it can’t be done. He will strive to find a way around the obstacles that make it seem impossible and make it possible. Sometimes, the goal may not be reached, but that will never be for the lack of trying.
2. Being content with the state of things
A leader should never be content with the way things are. Leadership is about continuous striving for excellence and that cannot be achieved with a relaxed attitude about the state of things. The leaders do not meticulously plan to maintain the position of their enterprise, they continuously dream and plot for its continual growth and progress.
3. Living in the past
Leaders are visionary people who dream, think and plan for the future; they never dwell in the past, actions in the past or their consequences. A leader will always have a vision for the future and he will make sure that it is communicated in the right way to the right people.
4. Resisting change
Changes inevitable and those who try to resist it either fail miserably or lag behind while the ones grabbing the new opportunities that come with change move ahead and prosper. A leader is responsible to bring about that change and transform that change to everyone’s advantage. A true leader will never try to fight change and instead try to make the most of it and that before anyone else.
5. Talking more than listening and observing
Leaders should be top-notch and outstanding listeners and observers. They don’t make comments and statements before carefully listening to what others have to say or observing what is happening around them. All the leaders believe in asking questions regarding how things are, how things are supposed to be and how they should be done. They believe in meeting new people and learning new things all the time. This makes them knowledgeable, aware and also allows them to get things done easily by using these connections.
6. Dealing with problems or issues unaided
A leader is a leader by virtue of leading other people. When problems, obstacles or problems arise, a leader should not try to tackle them on his own as thereby he will not be leading anyone. A leader is responsible for a lot of things and one of the primary things is selecting people to work for him and in times of crisis a leader should be able to use the manpower to his advantage. Although he has to make all the big decisions, it is the people who need to advice and get the work done. He should be aware that working in a team can get more things done than on an individual level.
7. Expecting other to read your mind
A leader is always expected to be a good communicator. Whatever the situation, a leader must always be able to put across what he wants other to know or understand. He needs to communicate rightly the exact message that needs to be delivered to the right people at the right time. If something needs to be said to someone, leaders make sure that it is said outright. If there are any problems with the functioning of the organization, he will get the message across to the employees in such a way that makes them motivated to work harder rather than scaring them. Indeed, communication is a very important aspect of leadership and that includes the good and the bad parts.
8. Not ordering people around
Leaders do not order people around as people are not very open to do what they are told to do. Not surprisingly, good leaders know how to get others to do things for them. It is not easy but it comes easily to them as they are open to others opinions, perceptions and feelings. They encourage and motivate others to work towards a cause. This is a systematic process that involves encouragement, approval and appreciation. They simply make people feel important by giving them responsibilities and holding them accountable for their actions.