Mariposa Leadership Announces the 5 Biggest Mistakes Technology Leaders Make and How to Avoid Them

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San Francisco-based executive leadership coaching firm prepares future leaders.

Technology leadership goes way beyond the managing of day-to-day logistics. As the advancements in technology continue to be generated, leaders must be capable of leading and motivating others just as quickly and seamlessly. Unfortunately, many technology leaders unknowingly share common leadership mistakes which can mark their fate within an organization.

Top executive leadership coaching firm, Mariposa Leadership, Inc., recognizes these mistakes and wants to inform leaders on how to avoid these mistakes in the pursuit of becoming a better leader and in developing a more dynamic organization.

At the top of the list of common leadership mistakes is not knowing what others think about you and your management style. Mutual respect is one of the most important aspects of leadership. Many times, leaders are so focused that they often overlook this. You can avoid this by asking for feedback on a consistent basis from your direct reports. peers, and colleagues. Let them know you are open to change and that you value their input.

The second biggest mistake technology leaders make today is that of zealously guarding their own turf. With the continuing challenges facing technology, many leaders believe they have to be "one up" on others in order to protect their positions and territory. Instead, take a step back and reflect on what you're afraid of losing. Instead, look at the big picture and what's in the best interests of the company rather than your own individual interests.

"Effective leaders need to see themselves at the bottom of the pyramid," states Sue Bethanis, CEO of Mariposa Leadership. "They lead by setting the stage for others on your team and supporting and encouraging those who are committed and capable of execution. It's not all about them."

Leaders also make the mistake of not taking the initiative and instead, sit and wait for "the big plan" to be handed to them. This classic faux pas can be very costly to leaders, their direct reports and the company. An effective leader will seize the moment and take the initiative to create their own "big plan" based on their long-term goals and outcomes. And they will ensure their plans aligns with the company's.

"This is where a leader needs to sit back and ask him or herself what it is they want to accomplish and be known for in their position," adds Bethanis. "Take charge in times of ambiguity and articulate your own team vision to move forward."

Another huge mistake many leaders make is that of being glued to their chair. With the development of email, the Internet, and wireless phone technology, many leaders make the mistake of spending too much time in the office rather than interfacing with their team. Leaders need to take the time to structure their daily tasks as well as devoting time to interface with and coach their employees.

The final stumbling block is that leaders get so focused on their own team's goals that they forget to pay attention to the bigger, global climate in which their company operates.
It's important to stay on top of technology trends, competition, and general market trends. The more aware you are of what's going on in the world, the more you will be able to contribute to your company's long-term goals.

"We want to encourage leaders to take a step back, reflect on what they're doing, and make changes where need be. Increase your leadership excellence by taking control of what you can change today to impact tomorrow," added Bethanis.

To find out more about Mariposa Leadership and about how to improve your leadership skills through leadership coaching services, visit or call 415-861-5900.

About Us:
Founded in 1996 by Sue Bethanis, Mariposa Leadership, Inc. provides leadership coaching services to corporate leaders and managers in the high-tech, biotech, cleantech industries in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and the Los Angeles Basin. The company focuses on providing corporate coaching services that develop current and future leaders and their ability to improve performance, productivity and profitability.

Susan J. Bethanis, Ed.D., is the Founder/CEO of Mariposa Leadership, Inc., author of
Leadership Chronicles of a Corporate Sage, and host of the popular leadership forum
Wise Talk.

Contact: Laurie Perolio The UpLevel Agency 408.354.3400 laurie @


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