Tools 2 Succeed, Inc. Explains the Top 10 Mistakes of Supervisors and Managers; Leadership Skills Are so Important for Employee Engagement and Retention

Avoiding the top 10 mistakes of supervisors and managers requires competencies, skills and knowledge. Becoming aware of the consequences of these behaviors is a first step in the right direction.

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Sheryl Tuchman, Founder and CEO of Tools 2 Succeed, Inc., says that her favorite saying is, "People don't leave companies; they leave bosses!" Leadership training is so important to keep employees engaged and productive, and keep them from leaving. Let's take a look at the top 10 Mistakes of Supervisors and Managers. Awareness can help us change our behavior and make better choices.
 
1. Seizing power and attempting to hold on to it.
Why would supervisors do this? Here are some potential reasons:
Lack of knowledge; lust for power; lack of true leadership ability; immaturity

2. Failing to solicit feedback.
Here are some potential reasons for this mistake:
Lack of knowledge; lust for power; lack of true leadership ability; immaturity

3. Delegating without authorizing.
Here are some potential reasons for this mistake:
Unclear expectations from management; lust for power

4. Reprimanding employees in the presence of others.
Here are some potential reasons for this mistake:
Lack of interpersonal skills; inability to empathize with those working under them

5. Supervising everyone the same way.
Here are some potential reasons for this mistake:
Deficient skills in diversity; one-size-fits-all approach

6. Keeping the interesting work for themselves.
Here are some potential reasons for this mistake:
Inability to delegate; unwilling to develop team members; thinking knowledge makes them more powerful

7. Siding with team members.
Here are some potential reasons for this mistake:
Unclear about their own authority; dealing with team members as peers instead of assuming their leadership role

8. Distancing themselves from those they supervise.
Here are some potential reasons for this mistake:
Arrogance; taking their roles too seriously; lack of true leadership ability

9. Promoting an us versus them attitude.
Here are some potential reasons for this mistake:
Unclear expectations from management; lacking teamwork skills

10. Engaging in illegal behaviors.
Here are some potential reasons for this mistake:
Ethics not aligned with their organization; lack of understanding of the organization’s vision, mission and values

What are potential consequences of these behaviors?

  • Low employee morale
  • Loss of respect from superiors
  • Low productivity
  • Legal ramifications
  • Poor individual performance
  • Negative career impact
  • Lack of organizational trust

Remember to identify the competencies that are necessary for effective supervision and put a plan in place to improve your skill levels. You can find the competencies in the Tools 2 Succeed March newsletter at http://www.tools2succeed.com/newsletter/march_14.html . It’s also important to assess your individual strengths and opportunities for improvement and focus on your individual professional development. Leadership ability doesn’t happen overnight. It is incremental, and skills develop over time with experience and willingness to learn.

About Tools 2 Succeed, Inc.

Tools 2 Succeed focuses on creating high-performance organizations in which every employee feels and acts like a partner in the business and is excited to contribute to its success. Services include onsite employee development training, leadership workshops, sexual harassment prevention training, outplacement services, DiSC behavioral assessments, and an extensive offering of e-learning courses. The company is based in Southern California and has a worldwide team of facilitators who can provide onsite training and consulting onsite or in public venues. Tools 2 Succeed is an Approved Provider of the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), offering low-cost programs for HRCI recertification credit.