Enjoying your position, valuing your staff and being passionate about your business may be the characteristics for good leadership but if not practiced do not make a good leader. Here are the seven deadly management sins that CEOs and management can often overlook:
Just because you have the top job, doesn’t make acting like a tyrant in the office acceptable. Micromanaging sends the message that you, as the business leader, are focussed on only one particular way of thinking. Instead, encourage your staff to make autonomous decisions. Show them you respect their opinions by inviting them to share their own insights and ideas. When you give staff the freedom they need to feel empowered professionally, they will automatically do what they are good at, creating a positive and productive workplace.
2. Failing to hire the right staff
I always aim to hire staff to fill the skill gaps in my business; those who can contribute what I cannot. In any business, there are three main types of people: movers, connectors and creators. Movers have high ambitions and know how to run a business with energy and enthusiasm, acting in ways today that they know will benefit the business tomorrow. Connectors are great sellers and problem solvers, always knowing whom to talk to and when. Creators are the dreamers and visionaries, who are passionate about the business and have big dreams for it. Work out which qualities and skills are important for your business and hire staff accordingly.
3. Not being willing to adapt
Businesses that are closed off to the idea of change and aren’t flexible are limited greatly. The businesses that cannot adapt to changing environments are the ones that fail. If you planned to have a business that sold orange juice, and spent months planting the seeds, only to find that the trees grew lemons instead, would you cut all the trees down, or change your business to suit the circumstances? Being open to change is key to laying the foundation for a successful business.
4. Being a Narcissist
As a leader, you should always trust your gut and lead with decisiveness. When you doubt yourself, your business weakens, and staff can lose trust in you. This however does not constitute egoism in the work place. A study from the United States suggested that narcissistic CEO’S have a sense of self-entitlement, low empathy and often make more impulsive and risky decisions. Assertiveness does not have to come with grandiosity.