In this day in age, we have access to 24/7 coverage of almost everything across the world. This, combined with the seemingly endless list of social media platforms where people give ongoing updates into their lives, gives us A LOT of information about not only what is happening, but HOW people are interacting.
Unfortunately, more times than not, we see “leaders” in politics, business, entertainment and within our own lives fail in their management of people and issues. From previous bosses to former US presidents and entertainment moguls, we see failed leadership everywhere. The following are the top pitfalls that managers fall into and that the rest of us can hopefully learn from:
- Scarcity Thinking – Either there’s enough to go around or there isn’t. At least that the mentality that people can take in life. Whether it’s a chocolate cake, or success in the real world, the perspective of an individual (and more importantly a manager) will make all the difference. Unfortunately, many in power fall victim to scarcity thinking, feeling that there isn’t enough accomplishment and success for all so as a result their motivations and choices are selfish and greedy. Like preschoolers, they need to be first, to get more than others, and to run over anyone in their way.
- Not Accountable – All too often when individuals reach a certain level of power over others there’s a sense of being bulletproof, or that some magic cloak of invisibility covers them in times of accountability. Not only do they manage to shield responsibility, they seem to have forgotten basic human decency toward others.
- Forget the Honor of Leading – Most can probably recall the first time they were asked to lead or manage people. For many, that was moment of anxiety mixed with a great sense of responsibility. When it comes to unsuccessful managers, you will often see an indifference toward their team or the lack of understanding of the true honor it is to lead people.
- Too Much Talking – Bad leaders talk, and talk, and talk some more. They are so busy assuming they know best, that they don’t listen to their team and leverage the advantage of having multiple brains working toward a solution. The great motivational business man, Stephen Covey said, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”
- Inflated Ego – When we experience repeated success, we begin to think we’re pretty great. That’s a problem. Confidence is one thing, overestimating how good we are in what we do and how we lead is another. Many times these “successful” individuals have been focused on their personal competence and achievements, not on people skills and that is what in the end ruins them, and ruins careers.
- Burnout – When you have no balance in life, it begins to affect your ability to be successful. Without the life-giving aspects of relationships, hobbies and dreams, their ability to continue to be passionate and in the moment significantly decreases.
In the end, what will make someone a successful manager in the workplace will ultimately help them successfully manage the relationships in all aspects of their life. Learn more about how to become a leader that gets results, take my Positive Influence assessment.