7 common mistakes good leaders make… that cause people to leave!

Our friends over at Priority Management, a training company, recently posted an article called
7 Common Mistakes Good Leaders Make That Cause Great People to Leave by Scott Mautz. Mr. Mautz is a speaker, trainer, and author who specializes in employee engagement, performance, and leadership.

One of our mantas is that a great strategy is just words on a piece of paper without execution. And executional excellence demands good leadership. When we work with clients on strategy projects, we ensure that our recommendations are actionable, and that the client has an appetite to lead taking that action.

Of course, poor leadership is the other side of the coin, and can lead to underperforming — or even failed — projects. Despite all the talk about AI taking over the world, leadership is still a very human matter. It’s an essential business skill for those charged with leading people, whether you are at the top of the organization, responsible for a major strategic initiative, or charged with delivering benefits from projects.

You can click on the link to read the article, and find a link to Scott Mautz’s website. Here’s our abbreviated version.

  1. Failure to drive mission fit… connecting employee’s contributions to something that really matters.
  2. Not showing employees you care about their career as much as your own… not helping employees get what they want from their career.
  3. Focusing on process over progress… don’t bog down employees with processes and bureaucracy that prioritizes ways of doing things over common sense.
  4. Being consistently inconsistent… People hate uncertainty and would rather have a boss who they may not always agree with, but from whom they know what to expect.
  5. Driving competing priorities… this leads to no-win situations.
  6. Not addressing underperformers… don’t overlook the corrosive effect one bad apple can have.
  7. Under appreciating… this one is the most common and caustic. A simple “thank-you” goes a long way!

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The consultancy was founded in 2003 by Greg Graham, a seasoned strategic marketing professional. Greg is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), a Fellow of the Ontario Institute of Management Consultants (FCMC), and an Accredited Small Business Consultant (ASMEC) in the United States. He holds MBA/BEE degrees plus a Certificate in Strategic Management.

Prior to founding Market Metrics, Greg's 21 years of corporate experience encompassed tech start-ups through Fortune 500 companies. He is an expert in subscription-based business models (including SaaS). Greg frequently performs consulting engagements on behalf of the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).