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Surprisingly Smarts Leaders can Also Make Mistakes

28 December 2020

“Leader”, when we hear the word, the first thing that comes to our mind is the image of someone who we can blindly follow. We can never believe that a great leader can make mistakes. Surprisingly enough, every leader makes mistakes, and not just at the beginning of their career. 

Promising, successful leaders often make mistakes when a new role is inflicted on them, or when they are given a responsibility that may be a little more than they can take. Either way, mistakes are inevitable. Some of these break the person and organization, and some merely leave a scratch. 

The question is, how and why do prove smart executives fail to such an extent? We figured out a few reasons that may be behind many failures of great leaders. 

 

They don’t invest in developing their people

Great leaders are always supportive of their team. One of the biggest qualities of a leader is to motivate the team. But what happens when the leader fears that a greater talent may emerge from his team and undermine him? Well, it can destroy a company easily. Great leaders encourage growth, failed leaders fear them. 

 

They reward people who have great results but bad behavior

Many teams have toxic people in their midst whom other employees do not feel comfortable around. Most of the time, those are the ones who are talented and have a great understanding of their works. By keeping them around and encouraging them just because of the work they do, leaders often ruin the company culture unknowingly. 

A leader is supposed to be the one who communicates and understands. Not someone who drives his employees away. 

 

They don’t provide meaning

Leaders are responsible for creating strategies for the company. But if a leader only shows the system to work and fails to explain why they are working on it, employees will be unable to build a connection with the work. Providing meaning to the task helps to create employee engagement on a personal level. 

 

They don’t let people know where they stand

Feedbacks are extremely important when it comes to team morale. Letting an employee know that they have done extremely well in a project and explaining how they did this shows that you care enough about them to notice. It builds confidence and boosts morale among the team members.

Also while delivering negative feedback, a leader must remember to stay polite and shed a positive light on the situation. He needs to let the employee know that although a mistake has been made, they can learn from it to avoid future unpleasantness. 

 

They only hire from elite schools

Some leaders, when they see students from top-grade schools, think that they have the best education. But what they need to understand is that bright, hardworking, and passionate students from a local school can turn out to be as good as some who graduated from, let’s say, Harvard if given the right opportunity. 

 

They don’t give people the confidence to try new things

Confidence is the key to success. Many people with talent fail to achieve greatness just because they do not have the confidence to start. A great leader always knows the importance of confidence. He encourages his employees to try new things. He sees the potential that others may fail to see. 

Smart leaders often overlook the above things which make them fail in their career. Everyone makes mistakes in their lives. But the extent of that mistake can define a lot about a person’s career. By keeping an eye on what a leader must not do, you can avoid a lot of mistakes that can ruin the career of a leader and his company.