After training thousands of managers and executives on how to coach and communicate more effectively, one theme persists – frustration. There are a lot of managers who believe their lives would be much easier if their people “sucked less.” My job is to challenge the leader to see how their own performance impacts that of their employees.
Performance problems require leadership solutions
Chances are that your employees do not lack the knowledge, skills or attitude to be successful performers; they need more leadership and mentoring.
One of my mentors shared many lessons on effective leadership. Like most people, I associated “lessons” with the difficult task of learning something new. But the easiest and most effective lesson was learning to stop unproductive behaviors.
Even if you don’t exhibit all of these behaviors, it may be useful to see if they exist in the smallest way. So, here are seven things to stop doing. I call them the “Seven Bad Habits of Highly Ineffective Leaders.”