Leaders come in many different forms and each leader has their own style. Whether someone has been a leader for five months or fifty years, they all fall to pitfalls now and again. Without knowledge of what they are doing wrong they cannot rectify the situation. I have worked for a few leaders/managers that have fallen to pitfalls in their careers as well and though pitfalls seem small they can impact the company greatly. It is good to know what a pitfall is and how to approach the situation differently to be a great leader. I am hoping by understanding a few of the pitfalls made by my prior leaders I can try not to make the same mistakes in my leadership roles.
Pitfall #1 failing to respond to emails
A mass email was sent out to all staff informing us about a green initiative and how we can save money on supplies by cutting back and they were taking any and all suggestions to make this happen. I promptly emailed her back with a few ideas of how to make some quick and easy changes. I received no response for three weeks but was cc on a few other emails pertaining to the same initial email.
As far as the organization as a whole; there was no big impact this pitfall made. The fact that I was able to see her responses to some other employees’ ideas made the situation worse for our team unity. I felt like my ideas must not have been good enough because I did not even receive an email back for three weeks.
The emotional impact of this situation could have been avoided had she responded in a timely manner. Three weeks is not timely in the world of email. Another way this situation could have been avoided is the wording she chose for her response. (The Use of Email in Business Communicat...
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... errors became more frequent. The wait times for the donors would be longer because staff was burned out so we lost many donors because they didn’t want to wait creating less product for the company.
The management team needed to work an adjustment in the break times. The needed to be more flexible with times and found a way around the busyness. The employees would be happier and the donors would be more inclined to come back.
Companies need great leaders and great leaders need followers. When leaders can understand and rectify pitfalls the team can become better. These are just a few of the pitfalls made by leaders but it is a good start of what to watch out for as I take on more leadership roles. I have realized communication really is the key to everything. Communication is a pretty big deciding factor of whether or not leaders are good or mediocre.
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