Being in a leadership position is hard – and if you fail as a leader, the failure feels (and is) very public. Here are some suggestions for how to avoid failing as a leader.
1. Avoid being close-minded.
Just because what you are doing right now is working, doesn’t mean that there isn’t a better way. You need to be open to that possibility and recognize that helpful suggestions can sometimes come from the least likely of places.
2. Avoid negativity.
Even if things look bleak, don’t let your negativity show. One of the responsibility of a leadership role is maintaining motivation amongst your staff, and readily displaying a positive attitude is crucial to being able to do that.
3. Avoid over-compartmentalizing your work force.
Although it’s easy to think only about the specific tasks assigned each team under your supervision, it’s important to make sure that there are open lines of communication. You don’t want to have a task or new idea fall through the cracks because it doesn’t quite fall into any one team’s domain. It is good to have specialties within your work force, but it’s also uber-important to insure that your workers reach out to others in other areas of expertise.