3 Critical Habits Leaders Should Let Go Of Today

By Paul Keijzer

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Being a leader requires you to transform and mold yourself into a superhuman who’s gunning for success and growth. Your journey will see you take risks, drive extremely hard, make bold decisions, make mistakes and fail, learn from your mistakes and failures and do it all over again. It’s a relentless journey. Perseverance is your best quality. Staying focused your best course of action. Along this journey you’ll learn and pick up good habits and traits that’ll complement your leadership style. However, you’ll also be fueling and harboring some critically bad habits that, honestly, you’re better off without.

There are times we’re not aware that we’re indulging in these habits. It’s only natural since we’re working so hard on fulfilling our passion and ambitions. However, most great leaders spend time reflecting on what they’ve achieved so far and assessing what corrective measures to take. And just like them, you too should be self-aware and constantly on the hunt to be an even better leader. Whether you’re a new leader or have been one for many years, here are a few critical habits that you should let go of to be an effective leader.

Managing Performance

Micromanaging is probably one of the biggest sins a leader can commit. It’s demoralizing and discouraging for your team. It takes up too much of your creative time and wastes your talent and abilities. Basically, micromanaging is a disease you need to rid yourself off. However, it’s not just about delegating more. There’s a bigger purpose to achieve when you decide you’re finally going to let go of managing performance. And that’s to empower and trust your employees and focus on results rather than daily activities. Let’s face it, performance management is an outdated and needless activity that really has stopped serving any purpose. All those activities and programs that you’ve used to monitor, promote and control performance really doesn’t compliment the culture and growth of an exponential organization that you’re aiming to build. Instead, let your employees figure things out themselves and stay focused on their achievements, results and goals.

Supporting Mediocrity

I get it you’re a people’s person, a leader everyone loves and enjoys working with and you have a hard time letting go of people. That’s because you value everyone’s contribution, no matter how significant or minor it may be. You work with underperformers to encourage them and boost their performance, because you believe that people should be given a second chance. That’s all great – if you want a team of under or average achievers. Supporting mediocrity in your employees is synonymous to being comfortable as an organization that simply exists and has no plans of being a significant player in its industry. Sure your company will exist and be marginally relevant, but will it truly shape or lead the industry if it’s filled with under or average achievers? If this is as good as it gets for your company then by all means you should be supporting mediocrity. However, if you’re Go to the full article.

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