Is Your Leadership Sinking?

Businesses fail for all manner of reasons. Something as simple as a crowded market can see a product falling down. Budget problems are another major cause of failure. But, these aren’t the only places things can go wrong. Many companies also fail because of the leader driving their ship. If you get things wrong, then, your company won’t be far behind. As such, it’s worth looking closer to home if things seem to be failing for no reason. While it’s never pleasant to pick holes in ourselves, noticing downfalls in your leadership now can stop the whole thing from sinking.

 

Of course, issues here don’t mean you’re a terrible manager. But, you’ve never done this before. It’s possible you’re making mistakes which are causing leaks in your hull. The good news is, fixing issues here is easier than trying to patch a dodgy budget. It’s certainly more straightforward than trying to carve a place for your products. You just need to work out what you’re doing wrong. To help you, we’re going to look at how to fix three of the main mistakes you could be making.

You’re taking it all on yourself

You’ve heard it before, but we’re saying it again. Taking everything on yourself is no way to succeed. You may be skilled in what you do, but you aren’t a superhero. Hence, you need to get help as soon as you start seeing success. That means both embarking on employment and outsourcing. A team can help you keep up with orders. An outsourced company like ATS Tech Solutions can also keep you afloat in a technical sense. Over time, you may even find it beneficial to outsource things like your accounting. The more, the merrier, as they say. You can bet a ship won’t sink so easily if it has a decent crew onboard.

You’re assuming you know everything

Don’t take this the wrong way, but you may also be blindly assuming you know everything. We all do it sometimes. But, those gaps in your knowledge could lead you to drown. You don’t know it all, not even about your industry. Accept, then, that you could benefit from sitting in on training sessions as much as your team. Note, too, that your staff may have things to teach. Keep your ears and eyes open at all times when steering your ship, and don’t be afraid to admit when you don’t know something.

You’re failing to gain respect

 

Failing to gain respect both in your industry and in your team can also sink your leadership fast. Reasons for lack of respect vary. To tie in with the point above, not accepting gaps in your knowledge could be a significant reason for lack here. Equally, expecting respect rather than earning it could lead to your downfall. Instead, then, focus on what you need to do to gain respect, and set about doing it fast. It may be the only way to save yourself from the bottom of this business ocean.

 

 

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Elita Torres

I have over 20 years experience as a leader, first as a General Manager for several Big Box retailers with over 100 employees, then as a district manager overseeing an average of 23 stores. Currently, I am a Sales Director overseeing 4 Districts. My passion for leadership and personal development has led me to share my journey in a Blog. Find out more on http://www.leadgrowdevelop.com/about/