A pitfall is a trap that you can fall into without an acknowledgment. You may find problems such as dishonesty, immorality, and the catch-all pride that will certainly take you down. Leaders are the ones who are actually navigating the boat by determining the direction, the speed of the boat, asserting the weather, monitoring the depth of the sea, planning the halts, and the final destination, but not steering it. And so they require actions where you might be in the picture this point of time. Taking the pitfalls of the leader into account, there are three classifications of the pitfall. Which are – Personal pitfall, Organizational pitfall, and Environmental pitfall. Let us take a closure look at each one of them.
Personal Pitfall: Personal development is something everybody strives for on some level. A leader can face this type of pitfall if he does not motivate others or the disagreement may cause an obstruction for the leaders. Due to the personal pitfall, the leader may face Criticism, Dictatorship & Role Confusion. But dealing with this pitfall, every leader has their own way to deal with it. It is recommended to avoid the haters and unsupportive people while the feedback situation. They the destructive forces. An organization works by directing the organization with several initiatives. Most of the time these people compare what they did from what you are doing. Seeing any success upon your initiative, they will become vicious, and they will tend to make you feel bad about your initiative. There are also true affirmative people who are supportive but unhelpful and there are true criticizers, who act helpful, but they are not at all helpful. Sometimes this type of behavior makes the leader act like a dictator, as the result of this, the leader tends to put their personal objectives on priority and overburden their followers with unrealistic targets. Some primary characteristics of autocratic leadership include:
- Little or no input from group members.
- Leaders make almost all the decisions.
- Group leaders dictate all the work methods and processes.
- Group members are rarely trusted with decisions or important tasks.
- Work tends to be highly structured and very rigid.
- Creativity and out-of-the-box thinking tend to be discouraged.
- Rules are important and tend to be clearly outlined and communicated.
Dictatorship by leader does benefit the organization in a way that, the leader can make the decision quickly, even in the stress field situations. They have a clear chain of command, and this type of leadership is good in case the directive leadership is required. However, this brings discouragement to the input group. They are prone to impair morale and lead to resentment, ignoring the valuable creativity and expertise the subordinate may want to apply. This is the role confusion situation for them.
Organizational Pitfalls: The people in the organization owns the culture. Their concerns should not be ignored. According to Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones who are most responsive to change”. For example, the change on the management leader may not be as effective as the last one due to some sort of inclination, trust or a faith factor, or the multiple personalities may find it difficult to become a unified team. Apart from the change in management, the other organizational pitfalls are the leaders with the absence of clear direction. The leader may also fail to develop competencies and behaviors. If the company hires a manager for an IT Security, breaks his own laws of data confidentiality may not be able to lead employees in the long run.
Environmental Pitfalls: A leader should adapt to the environmental changes of the organization, which are taken by the management such as – acquisition, structure change, budget restructuring and margin of the department. The management responds to these changes based on external influences, new policies, plans, product or new service developed to overcome competition. It can be challenging keeping employees motivated during times of crisis or change. A leader should set an example by leading the team through the change and inspire others to follow suit.
A Leadership has its numerous “potholes” to avoid. Taking into the account the criticism of one’s position and responsibility, there may be a requirement of the mid-course adjustments because of unforeseen circumstances where they need to be prepared to overcome them. And this is where one can miss a promotion or a new opportunity.
Below are some tools you need to be a leader.
- Get all the help you can to improve your skills from your leader you will suffer by the failure to learn.
- Take your leader as resource and not a problem solver.
- Wear formals, as it is the dress code of the leaders, even though it is not written anywhere in the policy.
- Focus more on pleasing tasks rather than focusing on pleasing others.
- Get of the safe zone and take some risk to stretch yourself.
- Find a way to go around the process and the people to get what you think is best. Always do it with a good intention as it will always come back and bite you.
- Avoid criticism and losing Self-Control in an inappropriate time & place.
- Take the organization first, on duty.
- Leadership is earned, affirmed and deserved. To be a good leader, you have to first learn to be a good follower, Pushing the way to the top will be a long term loss.