I’m going to go out on a limb, here, and say that victory – in business or in sports – is never purely about attitude.
The best attitude in the world won’t make up for leadership mistakes. Here are a few I’ve seen lately:
- The “just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it” mistake. If you’re hired to be a leader, you’re expected to lead – not just wait for your boss to tell you what to do. Don’t keep running to your boss for day-to-day things that you should be able to handle at your level.
- The “I don’t have time to learn about this” mistake. If you don’t know how to handle a situation, don’t pretend that you do. Ask for some advice. And ask for best practices! It’s one thing to get someone’s opinion; it’s another to learn what we know are the ways this type of situation has actually been handled successfully by real leaders.
- The “add it to my To Do list and then ignore it” mistake. I seldom get to the end of my To Do list, and you may have the same experience. But don’t allow your To Do list to be the graveyard where ideas go to rot! If I’m serious that something needs to get done, I also need to schedule the time when I will work on it in my calendar. And when that time comes and goes, if I haven’t completed the project, I MUST schedule the next block of time when I’ll attack it again.
- The “get overwhelmed and just coast” mistake. Most people benefit from looking at their To Do list at the end of each day and then writing up a Post It note with no more than 7 things that you absolutely will complete tomorrow. I have today’s Post It right here on my desk – writing this article is item #5!