Leadership today occurs at every level, whether at the helm of an organization or within the ambit of every role. Leadership is not just a position or a designation, but a responsibility to achieve a goal together. An effective leader is one who inspires people to achieve more, by taking the lead in good times and bad. There is an inherent duty to be true to your people and to oneself. A leader must, therefore, strive to constantly improve and be better than what he or she was.
Leadership is a skill that one learns as he/she takes on higher responsibility. We learn from our mistakes, but as a leader, the leeway for making mistakes is less. People look up to a leader and emulate him or her. A leader must, therefore, strive to avoid these common mistakes during the leadership journey:
1. No humility: Leaders often hold positions of power, leading to a build-up of huge egos. However one must realize that this power does not grant a sense of security. A lack of humility can be the single biggest nemesis for a leader, breaking his image by eroding the trust that people place on the leader. Leaders must keep an open mind, accept others’ ideas and be ready to accept failure. People quickly recognize a leader who has too high an opinion of himself or herself. Hence it is important to lead by example and be authentic.
2. Emotional decisions: Often, emotions defy logic and lead to wrong decisions. A leader must be pragmatic in his or her approach and turn to real facts to make decisions, both small and big. Decisions backed by logic have a sound rationale, making people better believe in the capabilities of the leader. Over and above this, decision making should involve the opinions and suggestions of peers, especially those who have special expertise or experience in the area.
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