We do a lot of work with new leaders and managers who often get really frustrated when things are not working out the way they hoped.  Management is a steep learning curve.

We don’t always realise when we are starting out, that we have entered a big phase of learning about ourselves. (This never ends)

It takes a bit of getting used too as we travel along the journey and no matter how careful we are, the managing game knocks us off our manager perch, but that is a good thing. It is the place where most learning takes place!

When I was starting in management, nobody told me that leaders are prone to take risks, and those risks may cause others to see us as ‘losers,’ especially if leaders don’t have full knowledge of what they are getting into before they become involved. Some mistakes come from thinking so radically that it’s impossible to know how taking a chance will turn out.

We are going to be exploring some of the ways new managers can aim high when it comes to learning about themselves and engaging with their teams.

If it turns out well, the leader is a hero. If not, serious consequences may be the result.

There are some common mistakes made by most leaders that are avoidable if you know some leadership strategies. Here are five common mistakes which can and should be avoided if you’re in a leadership role:

1. Focusing on tasks rather than reaching the ultimate goal

Focusing too much on “busy work” can keep you from getting the results you want and desire from a team. Great leaders tend to focus on the conclusions being reached more than being busy and engaged in tasks all the time.

2. Checking up on employees rather than trusting them

Making it a point to get to know your team members and engage them in conversation can help you pinpoint what makes them tick and how to bring out the best in them to achieve your aims.

3. Not sticking to your leadership style

You can learn from other leaders in history and your business, but don’t mimic them when it comes to your leadership style.  Learn from them.

Develop your style and stick to it to become a leader who stands out from the crowd. Showing up and being your best self will inspire others. (But also learn as much as you can about great and successful leaders.)

4. Resisting change

If you do what you have always done and it doesn’t take you, your team or your business forward, is doing what you have ever done the answer? One reason for getting stuck is becoming overwhelmed with the complex tasks and responsibilities that leaders must take on and exhausted, just thinking about changing anything!


If you want your business or team to prosper and grow, take some time to expose yourself to new ideas and apply them. Impact your leadership ability positively.

5. Failing to plan ahead

I learned this the hard way.

I would set tasks and assume staff were getting on with them.

I wasn’t always checking back in with them and would end up finding tasks undone.

I started using planning tools which saved my skin. I planned everything in my service to run on auto-pilot, down the to last detail. It is only difficult to set up your systems the first time.