10 Ways Ineffective Leader

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We have developed a list of what we believe to be the 10 worst leadership blunders in an attempt to remind leaders how they can identify opportunities to improve their organizations. Technological and regulatory changes have altered the way the business world works, but the factors that go into good business leadership will likely never change. Employees will always need guidance and motivation as well as common goals and strategy. In most cases, organizational leaders are under extreme amounts of pressure as they face requirements to meet organization goals. Regulations are becoming stricter, and the pace of legislative change is rapid. Leaders are expected to juggle multiple priorities with limited time and resources. Due to these changing dynamics and additional pressures, fundamental business mistakes can be made that could cost businesses huge lost profits. In the case of Government organizations, leadership mistakes cause loss of productivity and waste taxpayer dollars. This list of mistakes is not in any particular order of priority, and any one or combination of the listed mistakes can have negative long lasting consequences for the organization. 1. Lack of communication. Individual and group communication is vital. “Management by walking around” works; you can’t lead from your office! A weekly meeting with your department or direct reports is a great method of providing guidance and exchanging information between team members. It’s also an opportunity to provide mini training sessions on current topics of interest. If someone has a lesson learned or interesting experience to share, this is an ideal time to discuss it as a group. A good way to ensure consistency and optimum attendance is to schedule the meeting for the same time each week. This can be done via meeting notice in many office computer applications. Another effective tactic to increase communication is to “make daily rounds” by visiting each of your direct reports for five to ten minutes to keep abreast of activities and provide on-the-spot guidance as needed. 2. Failure to be a good role model. Leaders set the “tone” for the work environment based on their words and actions. Leaders should own their role, display confidence and take responsibility for their actions. Lead by example in all areas especially ethics, integrity and diversity. Keep your emotions in check and have a good sense of humor. Embrace technological changes that can improve efficiency. A leader that is technically proficient can show employees to work both hard and smart by taking advantage of technology. Actions speak louder than words, and the junior people in your organization will imitate your behavior. Leaders are measured by how well they influence others; be sure to have a positive influence. 3. Not maintaining an “A” team. It’s been said that if you “get the right people on the bus you will figure out where you’re going later.” A thorough recruiting and interviewing process is essential to building a top notch team of professionals. Consider internal candidates from within or outside your department for upward mobility before seeking outside recruits. Don’t rush the recruiting process; an employee that does not meet your expectations is a drain on resources and a bad reflection on your department. Writing is an essential skill for contracting professionals, so consider using some questions that require written answers to evaluate candidates. We are trained in the process of source selection; why not use these same contracting principles when selecting team members? Contact references, do background checks and take writing samples. Complete the due diligence and make sure your vetting process is thorough. There are not many decisions that will have a more lasting impact on the performance of your contracting team, so take your time and make it count. Once you hire that high potential employee, don’t neglect them during their first days or weeks on the job. The worst way to...
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