Leaders are judged ultimately on the results that they achieve. Like everyone they make mistakes, learn from them, adjust, adapt and try something else. At the same time leaders might well have leaks in their leadership bucket that are actually getting in the way of them achieving to their potential.
So how many of the following holes exist in your leadership bucket?
You Have To Be Right
As the leader it can sometimes feel like you have to have all of the answers. If you think in this way it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you always have to be right. The trouble is you are likely to become part of the problem rather than the success. Quit having to be right.
You Don’t Acknowledge Your Weaknesses
You did not get into a leadership role by chance. You got into leadership because you had a whole host of strengths. At the same time you will have areas where you are weaker. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge them as once you acknowledge them you can do something to stop them hindering your success.
You Don’t Listen
It is really important to be an effective communicator if you are in a leadership role. Most are good at written and verbal communication. The exceptional leaders are great listeners. Remember you were given two ears and one mouth for a reason.
You Don’t Involve
Anyone can have leadership in their title but not in practice. All leaders need followers. If you don’t involve people there will be no engagement. If you don’t have engagement you are unlikely to ever achieve anything of significance.
You Set Vague Expectations
If others are going to help you to deliver great results they need to be clear about what is expected of them. Be crystal clear about what you expect from others.
You Don’t Follow Up
It is all well and good to set clear expectations and goals but if you don’t follow up with people they will not take these goals and expectations seriously. Make sure you follow up or what you will find is that people on the team will take their foot of the gas.
You Don’t Recognise The Contribution Of Others
If you take all the credit when things go well and pass the buck when things go wrong you will quickly lose the support of others. Leaders who recognise others have teams that are 4 times more productive according to research.
In reality we will all have holes in our buckets. The challenge is to remain alert to them and take action to reduce the impact of these holes in our leadership bucket.
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps professional people achieve more leadership success. He invites you to sign up for his free leadership e-course.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 6,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.