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Three Common Leadership Errors You May Not Realize You Are Making

Source | | Dede Henley

As an executive, you’re always striving to avoid mistakes. But to do that, you have to know what you’re looking for. There are three common errors we’ve seen executives make time and again — and they may not even be on your radar.

How many of these might you be making?

Mistake No. 1: Assuming you know more than others.

This may have worked in the past, back in the good old days when markets were relatively stable, before we operated in global and highly diverse markets, back when the “way we’ve always done it” still worked. The leaders who helped to create the organization’s strategy or its core ways of working may view themselves as being the “wise elders.” The longer a person has been in the seat, the more this seems true. But this is one of the central errors for a leader. You need to be asking better questions. You need to stop thinking you already know the answer. You need to set aside what you understand for what you can learn from your customers, key stakeholders and employees. You need to see through the eyes of the beginner. Cultivate curiosity and wonder at the newness of it all.

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