Everyone has behaviors which define their personality in a professional and personal capacity. Many times in life, when the stresses of work can compound onto each other, it is common to default to a particular way of responding. Often, this can be humor or deprecation. However, that approach is not the most professional because it does not truly communicate the nature of the business attempting to be conducted. Here are four of the most common behaviors that are sabotaging your leadership skills.
Business relationships can be complicated and tense at times. The most common behavior in response to a hard situation is to lighten it up with sarcasm. Unfortunately, this can come off as being snarky or immature from one perspective. Avoiding sarcasm and sticking to the brass tax can vastly improve your perception, authority and leadership skills.
Being Too Politically Correct
It’s okay to speak your mind without going off the deep end, and doing so in a professional manner is, in fact, the surest way to increase how honestly you are perceived. Honesty is one of the most essential factors in leadership skills, so being too political to the point of being fake doesn’t actually help to move the ball forward. Some discretion should always be used but tastefully.
Micro-management is perhaps the least admirable and abhorrent traits of attempted leadership that one can display. It completely undermines your ability to be respected and taken seriously because, although it usually ensures that the job gets done correctly, it makes the other parties feel unwanted, lacking in value and small. Trust is the main factor which ensures there is no micro-management. If you’re currently struggling with micro-management (or think that you might be), try taking a more trusting, passive role with your co-workers.
Being self-righteous is another immature trait which displays a leader’s inability to admit when they’re wrong, so they blame everything on someone or something else. Rather than admirably falling on the sword, self-righteous people totally ignore the fact that they are in the wrong by projecting that insecurity or fault outward. The only way to grow as a leader in the long-term is to self-correct: not ignore responsibility completely.
If you feel like you’re about to exert one of these sabotaging behavioral characteristics, try toning it down a bit and seriously taking a pause to communicate how you really feel.