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The 5 most common new leader mistakes

My latest column for ProfitGuide.com 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.

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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 ProfitGuide.com’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.

How to avoid the most common first-time leader mistakes – live audio event on May 22

leadership3When you make that big move into a position of leadership, the skills that made you successful in the past are likely to cause you to fail as a new leader! Earlier, you were probably recognized and rewarded for your track record in getting things done; but when you have staff that report to you, your success is now measured by how well you can get other people to get things done. And that’s not always as easy as you might hope!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in your leadership role for a while, or if you’re just aspiring to a supervisory or team leader position, Continue reading

What is your single greatest challenge in your new leadership role?

leadershipWhen you make that big move into a position of leadership, the skills that made you successful in the past are likely to cause you to fail as a new leader!  Earlier, you were probably recognized and rewarded for your track record in getting things done; but when you have staff that report to you, your success is now measured by how well you can get other people to get things done.  And that’s not always as easy as you might hope! Continue reading

Are you cut out for supervision?

Have you been considering a move into a formal leadership role in your organization?  If you’re like most people, moving into a supervisory role will require that you significantly change the way you think.  Don’t fool yourself into thinking that it will be business as usual – in fact, you’ll have to consciously stop doing some things (that are easy and quick for  you) and start doing others (that will be more challenging and probably cause you some angst).  You’ll find this transition from  non-management to management easier if you are mentally “ready” to take on this demanding, yet immensely satisfying, job.  Take this 10-question self-assessment to find out how “ready” you are!

Are you cut out for supervision?

Let me know how you do!

The survey results are in!

During the month of November, we asked for your help in determining our program content for our 2010 Leadership Skills Series Live audio conferences (and we promised you a chance to win three great prizes).  Your feedback was fantastic — thanks so much!  We analyzed the data several different ways, and seven topics repeatedly arrived at the top of the list.

  • Communicating with confidence, clarity and credibility
  • Motivating employees without spending a fortune!
  • Mastering the secrets of persuasive communication
  • Creating an environment where people WANT to work
  • Managing employees with lousy performances, unacceptable behavior or rotten attitudes
  • Active listening skills for the leader
  • Creative team-building ideas and activities

These topics will drive our curriculum development in 2010, and are all subjects that I plan to specifically address in the upcoming year, either through the Leadership Skills Series Live, or another avenue.  So stay tuned!  And if you missed the survey, it’s not too late to give us your thoughts.  Just add your comments to this post.

No, we didn’t forget about the prizes!  As promised, we also randomly picked three winners from all the entries we received.  We’ll announce the winners tomorrow, so be sure to check back then.

Survey deadline approaching!

Our survey deadline is 11:59 PM MST on November 30, 2009, only three days away!  This is your chance to win one of three valuable prizes, and our chance to get your input for our topics and content for our 2010 Leadership Skills Series Live audio conferences.

Click here for our quick ‘n’ easy survey

In return for your time, we’ll enter your name in a draw for three chances to win one of my Leadership Skills audio programs, either in downloadable mp3 or CD format, a $197 value. There are eight you can choose from, and you can preview them all here.

Do it now – in won’t take more than 5 minutes, we promise!  We’ll announce the winner here as well as in December’s issue of Merge’s Monthly Mega Minute.

Help us, and win a prize!

We need your help!  We’re developing the topics and content for our 2010 Leadership Skills Series Live audio conferences and in return for 5 minutes of your time, we’ll give you three chances to win!

Just complete this quick ‘n’ easy survey

In return for your time, we’ll enter your name in a draw for three chances to win one of my Leadership Skills audio programs, either in downloadable mp3 or CD format, a $197 value.  There are eight you can choose from, and you can preview them all here.

The deadline to enter is 11:59 PM MST Monday November 30, and we’ll announce the winner here as well as in December’s issue of Merge’s Monthly Mega Minute.  Do it now – in won’t take more than 5 minutes, we promise!  Click here to go to the survey.

Enter to win one of three great prizes!

Here at mergespeaks Inc., we’d like your assistance in planning our 2010 Leadership Skills Series Live audio conferences, AND we’re giving away PRIZES in return for your help!  It will take less than 5 minutes of your time!

Click here to complete the survey

For two years now, you, our clients, have helped make our quarterly learning series hugely popular, so in return for your help, we think it’s only fair that we give you three chances to win your choice of one of my Leadership Skills audio programs, either in downloadable mp3 or CD format, a $197 value. Eight to choose from, each one offers specific, practical and hands-on skills to become a better leader.  Whether it’s delegating the right way, overcoming negativity in the workplace, or having difficult conversations with employees, each one gets right to the heart of the issue and gives you what you need to know!  If you want to see what you’ll be making your prize selection from, click here.

We’ll take your responses until 11:59 PM MST Monday November 30, and then we’ll randomly draw for three winners.  We’ll announce the winners here on my blog, and also in December’s issue of Merge’s Monthly Mega Minute.

Do it now – click here – and thanks for your help!