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Things successful leaders did only once

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Ted Blackwater |
Successful leader
Learning from experience   An error is OK if you do not repeat it

There are some thing we learns in the school and some things we can learn only in real life. But the advantage of real life is that we don't have to make the same leadership mistake twice.

So, what are mistake you can allow yourself to make but not too often?

First, don't return to ideas that don't work. Be it a new business idea or a new revolutionary product, if you tried it all and it doesn't work - forget about it. Repeating the same thing all over again and expecting different results won't end well.

Then, don't try to change people. You are a leader, not a mother, so if you happen to have a worker who is not willing to work - fire him. Don't try to explaing, persuade, spent too much time trying to change the person - make yourself clear: do your job or you're fired.

If you have provided a good working environment and all necessary tools and means, and all that still doesn't work, that means you are dealing with a person that's probably still stuck in teen years and you are not a shrink, so don't waste your - and company's - time.

Do not jump in and do other people's job. Yes, you may step in if the situation demands, but don't do that all the time just because you can do it better and fast. The job of a leader is to motivate and inspire all employees to do their job right, not to cover everybody every time.

Then, if you think you can please everybody, forget about it. As you may hear in the movies: "It's not my job to be nice." Well, that's almost 100 percent correct: you should be nice but you can't be nice to everybody and please everyone.

Remember that good leaders are in a constant fight to prove that their ideas are good and that they look much further than other employees can anticipate. So, set you goal, work toward it and don't worry if there's somebody who's not exactly delighted with your work.

Do not forget long-term benefit. If you are thinking just about the next quarter, you will forget the bigger picture, you will forget the ultimate goal you had in mind.

A "quarter by quarter" behavior is also creating insecurity in your company because your employee would like to have a long-time goal, not just something they would work on for three months.

If you made some of those mistakes, OK, never mind, we are learning as long as we live. But try not to make them again because, at the end of the day, your title is Chief Executive Officer, not Chief Mistake Officer.

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