Eight Common Management Mistakes
We know we learn from our mistakes but as busy people, we are sure you would rather avoid making common pitfalls in the first place. These simple tips will help you avoid common management mistakes.
NOT HAVING TIME
Of course, you are busy and have a lot of pressure on your time, but your team must come first. You will achieve your goals and success through your team, so you need to be available when they need you. They will need your support and guidance to achieve their objectives. Avoid this mistake by scheduling regular time slots for your team and making sure they know you are there for them.
Many managers want to avoid micromanagement but going to the opposite extreme (with a hands-off management style) isn’t good either – you need to get the right balance.
NOT STEPPING UP
Once you become a manager, your responsibilities are very different from those you had before. You will need to develop and use a different set of skills to be effective. Be proactive with your own self-development.
FAILING TO DELEGATE
It will often be quicker and easier for you to complete certain tasks, but this approach obviously leads to huge problems and bottlenecks. Delegation does take up a lot of up-front effort, but it is well worth the investment. Not only will it free up your time to focus on planning and other key leadership and management tasks, but you will also be developing valuable skills and knowledge within your team.
NOT PROVIDING REGULAR FEEDBACK
Everyone, however experienced, needs the opportunity to improve and therefore requires regular feedback. When you don’t provide prompt feedback to your people, you are depriving them of a valuable opportunity to learn.
To avoid this mistake, ensure you provide regular formal and informal feedback to your team.
BEING TOO FRIENDLY
As a manager or leader, you will sometimes have to make tough decisions, and some people will be tempted to take advantage of your relationship if you are too friendly with them. This is particularly difficult if you have been promoted from within the team you are now managing.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t be sociable and approachable. But, you do need to get the balance right between being a friend and being their boss. Avoid this mistake by setting clear boundaries.
NOT SETTING CLEAR GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS
To be productive, we need to have clear goals and direction. We all need to understand what is expected of us so we can prioritise our workload effectively. Avoid this mistake by learning to set SMART objectives for your team.
As a leader, you will need to be a role model for your team. Remember that your team are watching you all the time. If you want to shape their behaviour and attitude, start with your own, and they will follow suit.
FAILING TO MOTIVATE
The ability to motivate others is a true skill. Understanding what truly drives each member of your team takes time and effort. Learn how to be a great motivator, and you will be well rewarded for your efforts.
Recruiting new or replacement team members is always a challenge and takes a great deal of time but filling a vacant role too quickly can be a disastrous mistake. Recruiting the wrong people could mean you have to carry an ‘under-performer’ which will cause stress and frustration for you and the rest of your team.
You can avoid this mistake by learning how to recruit effectively and by being very selective about the people you bring into your team.
Don’t Panic – we are here to help!
Zing365 is here to support you develop all the skills mentioned above. There is a vast range of online resources available, and we have a wide range of management workshops running throughout the year.