Obsessed with being perfect.

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It can happen to the best leaders. They want results. They want their team to win. They want perfection. But, is that necessary? Is it even possible? At what cost does a leader pursue perfection? Here’s 5 reasons why being obsessed with perfection is not good leadership. And trust me, I need this list more than anyone, as I’ve had to learn this lesson the hard way…

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Solve problems by asking the right questions

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As leaders, we need to be in tune with our team in order to solve problems. That means we have to listen. In order to ensure you are listening to the right thing, you need to ask the right questions. Here are three ways to make that happen.

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Teaching people how to think.

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People make decisions every day. These decisions can be difficult, depending on different internal and external factors. These factors can quickly turn a normal task, into an abnormal task. Failure to make the right choice in key situations can lead to undesirable outcomes.

As leaders, we can’t be with our people 24/7. It’s impossible to train for every scenario. Instead of focusing on detailed and specific solutions, a broader approach needs to be taken. We have to teach people how to think.

We have to develop within our teams the specific skill of utilizing objective analysis in order to solve problems.

Read on for some ways that will help you teach people how to think.

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I have to fire someone…

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As a leader, there will come a day when you have to fire someone. It’s not pretty and certainly isn’t something that many people are comfortable doing. Unfortunately, I’ve had to do this several times and it never gets easier. Mostly it’s because we’re human and inherently, a lot of us want to see the good in everyone. We also don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. Yet, people underperform, everyday and people get fired, everyday. I’ll offer 5 ways to ease the process.

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We’re always focused on something.

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Ever hear people say that you’ve lost focus? I’m sure it’s probably happened to you every now and then. It’s certainly happened to me. It’s part of being human. But saying that we’ve lost focus isn’t exactly right. We’ve just become re-focused onto something else.

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