13 Mistakes to Avoid When Leading a Team With Strong Personalities

This blog post will discuss the most common mistakes leaders make when working with strong personalities.

If you can steer clear of these mistakes, you’ll be able to create a productive and positive work environment for everyone on your team.

Much of what a corporate leader does can be distilled down to a few key competencies. These include

  • dealing with workplace challenges and problems
  • having reasonable expectations
  • knowing how to inspire and manage employees
  • successfully communicating with everyone.

Although there is no ideal technique for doing these duties successfully, there are some behaviors that you should avoid at all costs.

The most effective leaders work hard to cultivate a good management style while avoiding the negative features of their predecessors.

Here are some of the mistakes a leader should avoid when leading a team with strong personalities.

Being Too Friendly

The majority of us desire to be seen as nice and accessible by those who are part of our team. After all, individuals are happy when working under management with whom they get along.

However, you may have to make difficult judgments about some team members from time to time, and certain members of your team may be inclined to take advantage of your friendship if you are too friendly with them.

This does not rule out the possibility of socializing with your peers. You must, however, strike a balance between being a buddy and being the ruler of the organization.

Tip: You should also establish clear limits to prevent team members from feeling inclined to take advantage of you.

Another mistake that leaders make is to play favorites. It’s important to be fair when you’re leading a team, which means giving everyone an equal opportunity to succeed.

If you have a favorite team member, it’s okay to give them a little extra attention but don’t neglect the rest of your team.

Having No Time to Support Your Team

Especially if you are a manager or a leader, it’s easy to get so engrossed in your responsibilities that you are not accessible to your team.

Even though you have projects that you are responsible for completing. First, you must prioritize your people.

If you are not accessible when they need you, your people will be at a loss for what to do, and they will lack the support and direction required to achieve their goals.

Enhance your emotional intelligence to be more aware of your team’s requirements, and set a schedule so that your team members know when they may come to you for help.

Failure to Establish Clear Objectives

As the leader, it’s your job to cast a vision for your team. Getting your team on board won’t be easy if you’re unclear about what you want to achieve.

Without defined objectives, your employees will meander through their days. They will be unable to be productive if they do not understand why they are working or what their employment entails.

Additionally, they cannot appropriately prioritize their workload, resulting in projects and chores being performed in the incorrect sequence.

Make sure that you’re communicating your goals and objectives clearly, and that everyone on your team is aware of the plan.

Ignore Advice and Mentoring

Poor leaders ignore or seek the advice of their peers or recognize the benefits of mentoring, whether it is choosing a mentor for themselves or becoming a mentor to others.

They assume they have the solutions and are unwilling to share their expertise. Smart leaders realize the value of establishing a support network.

Mentorship and peer assistance will assist strong leaders in gaining insight into best practices and dealing with day-to-day issues and tensions. Successful leaders realize the value of having several mentors from whom they may draw different points of view.

Lack of Humility

Power-hungry leaders treat their people like cogs in a machine as if their sole purpose is to create profit for those at the top.

The most effective leaders prioritize employee empowerment. They recognize the advantages of servant leadership, in which people at the top concentrate on assisting staff in doing their duties to the best of their abilities.

These leaders seek group cooperation and engagement. Servant leaders recognize and build on their team’s talents and potential, resulting in a great performance and overall success.

Being a Control Freak

Trying to control everything is a common mistake that leaders make. If you’re the leader, it’s important to be in charge, but that doesn’t mean that you have to micromanage every aspect of your team’s work.

Let your team members take ownership of their projects and trust them to get the job done. It’s okay to provide guidance and direction, but don’t try to control every little detail.

Being Paralyzed by Fear

It’s normal to feel a little bit of anxiety when you’re leading a team. However, don’t let your fear paralyze you. Take some time to assess the situation, and then take action. Remember, you’re the leader; it’s up to you to make decisions and solve problems.

Not Encouraging Others to Take Risks

It’s important to encourage your team members to take risks. If everyone plays it safe, it won’t be easy to achieve big goals. Encourage your team to step out of their comfort zones, and they’ll be able to accomplish great things.

Misunderstanding Your Role

Your obligations as a leader or manager are vastly different from those you previously had.

It’s easy to forget that your work has changed and that you now need to apply a new set of abilities to be successful. As a result, you’re not doing what you were recruited to do, leading and managing.

Hiring Wrong People

When your team is confronted with a considerable amount of work, they must have a sufficient number of people to tackle the task. Prematurely filling a vacant post, on the other hand, may prove to be an expensive mistake.

People who are disagreeable, unskilled, or unproductive may be recruited for your team due to hasty recruiting, resulting in your team being filled with the wrong people.

Additionally, they may need additional training, which may cause the rest of your staff to be held up.

If things don’t work out with the wrong individual, you will have wasted a lot of time and money. Even worse, due to being obliged to the underperformer, other team members would get frustrated and unsatisfied with their work.

Avoiding Conflict

When you’re leading a team, it’s important to avoid conflict. If team members argue, it cannot be easy to get work done.

Try to keep the peace by mediating disputes and encouraging communication. It’s okay to disagree with your team members, but make sure that you’re doing it constructively.

Unresolved conflicts stymie collaboration and alignment around shared objectives. Tension, negative emotions, and division rise to the surface.

Conflicts become “fish beneath the table”: even if everyone pretends they aren’t there, their lingering “smell” pervades the whole environment. As a leader, it is your responsibility to bring these fish to the table and “clean them” by resolving the underlying dispute.

A setting that promotes nutritious delight while also fostering the development of better and stronger teams.

Forgetting to Take Care of Yourself

Leading a team can be stressful, and it’s important to take care of yourself. Ensure that you’re getting enough rest, eating healthy, and exercising regularly. It won’t be easy to lead your team effectively if you’re not taking care of yourself.

Anti Social

A leader who is not engaged in people on a human level sets himself up for failure. A leader who is intellectually interested in others but does not make time to “connect” with them, whether those individuals are workers, colleagues, consumers, or other stakeholders, is also missing the point.

Bonding is a profound emotional connection that is distinct from merely liking someone. In truth, you don’t have to like someone to connect with him. You must get to know him and figure out what makes him tick. And it needs time in addition to pure task-oriented effort.

Final Verdict

Now that we’ve gone over some of the most common mistakes to avoid when leading a team with strong personalities, it’s time for the final verdict.

Remember to keep an open mind, be respectful and understanding, and always stay calm under pressure.

With these traits, you’ll be able to successfully lead any team - no matter how challenging they may be. Good luck!

About the Author
Hi there, I'm James, founder of Melbado. I have over 20 years of experience as a leader and entrepreneur. Recently, I turned to leadership coaching and writing to pass on my knowledge to the next generation. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me via our contact page.


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