Top 5 Mistakes By Leaders That Leads to Deterioration of Organisational climate...

As per Jim Rohn, “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”

At times we come across leader's who demonstrate following avoidable traits that instead of propelling the organisation forward leads to deterioration of the organisational climate.

1. Delegating the right jobs to wrong people - this is pretty common in corporate world. At times roles are given not basis meritocracy but because of association or affiliation. Leaders must avoid falling into this trap.

2. Taking Credit of every success and give away the blames to other when things goes wrong. They shout at subordinates in full public view without understanding about their own role. Great leaders learns from mistakes and encourage their teams to do so as well instead of passing on the blame to save their own skin.

3. Not Hiring A-Players - Great Companies are made by A-Players. A-Players are basically the top10 percent of the talent available. The secret is to hire and retain these individuals. But the research shows that typically very few that is in fractions of A-Players are hired. This may be because of fear of inevitable in the mind of leaders, that their position can be in danger if they hire more A- Players. There is a huge financial and career cost paid by the organization because of this mistake of not hiring sufficient A-Players in the organization. Further when the whole world is thriving on building human capital based assets, where will you land, if you commit such mistakes.

4. Not Promoting Talent - In today’s fast paced world, another mistake you commit as a leader, if you don’t promote right talent in your division or organization. Some times leaders or superiors don’t allow highly efficient and intelligent employees to come forward again because of fear of inevitable that this can hamper their progress or can affect their job security. They ignore this fact that highly efficient and intelligent employees are the best bet in the events of crisis because with their ideas and aptitude they may drive organization in to fast paced growth. Here, again it is the organization who suffers because of the leaders actions.

5. Not creating environment of Trust and always creating crisis and then solving it
- Another common mistake, leaders commit is not creating environment of Trust. If you create this, organizations start functioning in Auto Mode, where even with less supervision and interference, a high growth oriented environment comes in to function. Leaders who are not creating environment of Trust normally try to create crisis environment and last minute jobs to be completed in hurry, try to exercise element of control and interference, with their subordinates.

[Views expressed are personal]

This article has been written jointly by Raj Gupta & Dr. Arun Sachar, as a part of series of 7 Articles on Organisation Climate in Post COVID Scenario. Refer to Link below for other article from the series. They also collaborated to write the Book Titled - Go & Get Your Success - A Kaleidoscope of Leadership Models that Unshackles Usual Patterns.

About the Author -

Raj Gupta, Author of Multiple Books & Award-Winning HR Leader with 25+ Years of Experience

Dr. Arun Sachar, An Educationist & Management Consultant with 30 years of experience with Top multinationals and premium academic institutions. Author of Many books & research articles.