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The 5 most common new leader mistakes

My latest column for is about the most common new leader mistakes, and it’s now up in cyberspace.  This will apply to you both if you work in an organization for someone else, as well as if you’re an entrepreneur running your own business.  No matter your current role, at some point in your career, you’ve likely come across managers who were indecisive, uncommunicative, demotivating, and just plain old horrible to work with.  I make the case that it’s perhaps not their fault, because chances were that they just never learned how to be good leaders.  In this column – The 5 Rookie Mistakes New Leaders Often Make – I lay out the five most common gaffes made by leaders, and how you can steer clear of them.



So what else can you add to my list of the top five?  What have you experienced or observed.  Please share by commenting below.


P.S. I am delighted to be in my second year as a regular contributor to’s panel of business experts. You can find links to my previous columns on their site. For your information, Profit Magazine is a sister publication to Canadian business magazine giants Canadian Business, MoneySense and Macleans, and their list of columnists reads like the Who’s Who of Canadian business, so I am proud to be in such distinguished company.

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