Failing to Celebrate Victories. Another pitfall that leaders may fall into is failing to celebrate working accomplishments. I experienced this pitfall working with my head teacher Debbie. For instance, the celebrations at work were not always honoring a victory, but we had an end of the year parties and sometimes holiday parties. Debbie never came to any of the parties. Of course, my coworkers and I felt that she was not part of our team and did not care about us or our work.
Several years in a row we had an end of the year party’s in the classroom after the children would leave to help relax and talk about all of the good things that happened through the year. Every one of these parties Debbie would leave before the party began and never tried to stay and celebrate with us. As a leader Debbie could have attempted to be part of the team after work and gather with us to talk and laugh about our year. A good leader will share celebrations with their employees, bring them all together, and help everyone feel like they are a team. Most important, according to Robbins (2012) “Great leaders are constantly finding ways to honor their key people and celebrate their success” (para. 1).
Showing Favoritism. The fifth pitfall that leaders have trouble with is showing favoritism to certain employees and leaving others out (Comaford, 2014). According to Whipple, “Playing favorites is one of the most damaging problems in any group of people” (para. 1) I experienced leadership that displayed favoritism when I worked as a server for the Grand Island Mansion.
For example, There were certain employees preferred by the managers, and they sometimes received special treatment like more hours, better shifts, bartending shifts with lots of tips, and s...
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...oor. Because the floor was understaffed, the workers were exhausted every night having to work harder with more hours.
Many of the employees felt used and felt like the business was only trying to make more money by cutting staff and having longer hours rather than caring about how the workers felt. The long hours and short staff only went on for the summer because many complaints occurred and the managers were forced to improve the work times and add more staff. The Managers of the Mansion should have considered what would happen if they added so many hours and cut staff numbers. If they had planned and cared more for the employees, they would have considered that the employees would a have become run down. Accepting that data, it is important for leaders to make sure their employees are not overworked and create a balanced working environment (Comaford, 2014).
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