In this series, we’ve already explored eight bad habits that leaders need to avoid. This time, we’ll look at the final four bad habits that need to break so that you can be an amazing and respected leader. You can’t break habits overnight. And if you take anything from this series, remember, it takes practice and dedication to ensure that you aren’t poisoning your workspace with bad energy. Changing your habits change your outcomes!
Being quick on your feet isn’t necessarily a bad habit. It can be a very helpful skill. But if you’re using it too much then it’s like trying to fix your bumper with duct tape instead of going to a mechanic. The solution lasts until the problem resurfaces.
How to break this habit: Improvise temporary fixes while you work on long-term solutions. Your quick fix keeps things in order for a while. But finding the proper technique to give you a lasting solution needs to be a priority. With that in mind, stay on top of the problem to ensure that everyone is working together effectively and with alacrity to find the best outcomes.
There is nothing worse than a leader that isn’t organized – how can you lead when you don’t know if you’re coming or going? Disorganization can affect all the areas of your job from how you conduct a meeting to how quick you are able to turn around reports. And being a mess limits your productivity a huge amount. That won’t help you or anyone around you!
How to break this habit: Create a system. Whether it’s a to-do list, a scheduling app or your assistant keeping you on track, find what works for you. This way, you can stay on top of things and organized. Once you’ve broken the habit, your new organizational tools should start to turn into habits of their own. This way, you are on your way to a more productive leadership style!
Not Using Your Employees Skills
It’s really easy for employees to enter your business and then slowly get stuck in ruts working on tasks that don’t really suit their skill sets. There’s always something to get done and more often it gets shovelled onto an employees’ workload. It happens, even though they aren’t qualified for the task or they would be more valuable working on another task. More often than not, this is just poor management from leadership within the company, and it bottlenecks your success by stifling your employees’ roles.
How to break this habit: Make sure you get to know every one of your employees. By doing so, you can truly see where they fit into the business. Everyone has to find ways to save money and yes, sometimes that means giving tasks that aren’t in their wheelhouse. But it’s important to avoid doing that unless it’s absolutely necessary. And make sure that it doesn’t take them away from the work that they’re doing and truly represents their skills. If your accountant is spending time working on something else, then your finances will suffer. If your marketer is working on answering phone calls at reception, then you’re marketing pursuits will be less effective. These are the pitfalls you want to avoid.
Not Being Present/ Involved
No one likes a boss that only shows up when they feel like it. Nobody wants to listen to someone who is on his or her phone throughout meetings. It’s really easy to let distractions take away from your time in the office with your team. Not being present, both physically and mentally at work, means that your team won’t feel like you care – about them or the success of your company. Taking an active role in leadership means that instead of bossing people around, you take time to instruct, teach, and nurture your subordinates so that they respect and grow with you.
How to break this habit: Use the silent feature on your phone! Stroll through the office periodically throughout the day! Have real and meaningful conversations. This is probably the easiest habit to break. That’s because it’s simply taking the time to look and listen to what is happening around you. You’ll learn so much more about the problems and successes within your business but also about the people around you and how you can help them!
Over the course of this series, we’ve looked at twelve bad habits of leaders. They might not be all related to you and your leadership journey, but you likely picked up a few that you’re guilty of. Take the time to create an action plan that’ll help you to break these bad habits. By doing this, you will become an even better leader for yourself and your team.