The Top Mistakes Executives Make in Leading Their Organizations
THE TOP MISTAKES TODAY - S EXECUTIVES MAKE
IN LEADING THEIR ORGANIZATIONS
Four Tips on Common Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid
In today's uncertain economy, many organizations have been making some drastic changes to stay competitive and productive. This means that CEOs and other executives have to hone their leadership skills to make the most of what they have and encourage and inspire their teams to new heights of achievement. But not all executives have leadership down to a science. Leaders might be armed with plenty of technical skills and experience, but may still be making some critical mistakes in managing with their teams that can negatively impact their organization's bottom line. About the Author
An employee-centered culture ensures a customer-focused culture. One common leadership mistake is a lack of team-building skills. Honoring the team - each individual - is one of the most important leadership characteristics in today's organizations. If, as a leader, one of my primary concerns is not the welfare of my team, then I'll never know just how successful we can be. That positive regard for your people leads to the best customer service, the highest level of contribution by each team member and the highest profits.
Here are four other common executive leadership mistakes:
The old adage still applies, 'Criticize in private, praise in public.' A good leader coaches constantly, not just during yearly performance reviews, and is constantly acknowledging the great things employees do while being able to recognize and discuss areas for improvement along the way.
Don Wells is the senior vice president and general manager of leading career services company Lee Hecht Harrison's Los Angeles office.
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