The mistakes I see leaders making most would be moving too quickly without enough information, or moving too quickly without bringing involved people along. Another mistake I see is when leaders become too insular and lose the support of their staff. I am learning how important internal communication is!
Lacking vision and focus on organizational mission. The old adage, “If you don’t know where you are going, any plan will do” describes this kind of leader. Rudderless, the organization limps along from one port to another:
Losing focus on the mission is one mistake I see leaders making. We get so busy with what’s on our plate and forget why we’re here.
A couple of the mistakes I see leaders make frequently are neglecting to take care of themselves, failing to set boundaries, and taking too much ownership over their own vision and process. Being too attached to a particular vision can work when you’re alone, but not when you’re part of a team.
Sometimes a leader’s vision can become static and lifeless. For example, doing the same thing that has been done in the past. I have been involved in a lot of special events, both successful and faltering. Frequently, events falter because organizers are doing everything the same way without consideration being given to the economic environment or the event becoming stale and less appealing.
Failing to trust others and delegate to them. Another sure mark of hubris in action is when the leader assumes only he or she can take right action. It is but one step for self-confidence to turn into arrogance:Download Article 1K Club