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    5 Common Leadership Errors and How to Stop Making Them
    James Nagy
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    5 Common Leadership Errors and How to Stop Making Them

    As leaders, we are always searching for ways to be more effective, more productive and more successful. What if some of our own errors and habits were holding us back from these goals that we continuously strive so hard for? There are a few common errors that leaders make. It’s important to identify these errors and learn how to stop repeating them in the future.

    Error #1: Not Providing Proper Feedback to Employees

    This is a huge error that leaders commonly make. Your team needs both positive and negative feedback – delivered in the correct way. When you fail to give proper feedback to your employees, you are failing to give them the opportunity to improve their performance. No feedback means no improvement and no credit for the good work that is being done.

    Error #2: Thinking That Your Opinion is the Best Opinion

    Just because you’re in the leadership role does not mean that you shouldn’t be weighing in the thoughts and opinions of those around you. The perspectives that you surround yourself will shape and strengthen your leadership role. Likewise, if you choose not to listen to the creative approaches around you, you are closing yourself off to any outside perspective that could have helped your growth and success. Be open to what you can learn and how you can grow instead of being certain that your answer is always the best answer.

    Error #3: Failing to Define Direction and Goals

    Consider your own work day. When you have a clear outline of your immediate goals and priorities, do you have a more productive day than when you’re not sure what the priority of the day should be? Of course you do. When you fail to give employees a clear definition of the necessary direction and goals, they can’t prioritize their workload effectively. 

    Error #4: Forgetting to Train, Motivate and Reward

    This one we’d like to pull from a great article in Inc.

    Ongoing training is vital for not only the individual, but the entire company. There are thousands of online seminars for practically any discipline […] Next is motivation: Continually motivate your employees, whether it's the executive team or the people lowest on the chain. […] Lastly, reward. If an employee excels, provide small bonuses. Even $50 to $100 can take that employee to a new level. And don't forget the smaller stuff, like treating the office to lunch or a night out.

    Error #5: Playing it Safe

    Playing it safe is necessary at times. Equally necessary is knowing when to take risks. A successful leader knows how and when to do both. The term “no risk, no reward” is true. If you’re never willing to take a risk in business, then you’re also not willing to remain competitive. To stay in the race, you have to take action. 

    What are common leadership errors that you see happening across industries? Are they avoidable? Comment below!

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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.




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