The 10 Mistakes Leaders Should Avoid

TalkShop leaders mistake tipsA leader should learn to do a juggling act- handling his own load on top of leading his team. Along the way, he has to manage and prioritize. Being a leader entails making decisions that can either be hits or misses.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO explains, “Being in control does not assure one of job security. The truth is leaders run a higher risk of being fired for costly mistakes.” Viesca shares the 10 most common mistakes leaders should be wary about:

1. Rushing recruitment. Hiring the wrong people can affect productivity. Recruitment is a critical, sensitive, and risky. One should take into account the new person’s fit in the culture and whether he will enhance the team’s performance. TalkShop offers Professional Profiling and Targeted Selection to upgrade HR’s ability to discern and identify personality types accurately and so better handle people and teams.

2. Not making time. Block off time to talk with your team. Listen attentively. Keep communication lines open.

3. Not providing feedback. Appraise people and let them know areas of improvement to set expectations.

4. Know what motivates your team. Though financial reward is always appreciated, provide encouragement and affirmation of good work done.

5. Not celebrating the team’s successes. A simple treat or token of appreciation speak volumes of your appreciation. Do you recognize your team’s good work, or do you just let them move on to the next assignment?

6. Not delegating. Make good use of your time for work that has greater impact. Learn to delegate. This shows you know your capable staff and trust them to do what is right.

7. Micromanaging. There is more than one approach to doing work right. Allow your team to discover their full potential. Empower them.

8. Not being just. Giving staff a dressing down before others is disrespecting them. It is demoralizing and stress-inducing for everyone.

9. Listening to too many voices. Be discerning about people. Discern good voices and ignore the rest.

10. Not investing enough in self and employee improvement. Personal and people development are key to upgrading skills, changing one’s outlook, staying ahead in the game, and even planning for succession . Choose a credible training provider with a growth outlook to take this on.

TalkShop is backed with ISO 9001: 2008 certification that attests to world-class management system in place. It is also accredited by the Civil Service Commission. These bear out the company’s meticulous commitment to continuous improvement, customer satisfaction, and service excellence.


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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN


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