Friday, February 22, 2008

Top 10 Leadership Mistakes

  1. Hiring Too Fast. Firing Too Slow. Every minute I delay in firing, I take away opportunity for God to work in that person’s life.
  2. Putting Projects before the People. Embrace the tension and find the balance between leadership and shepherding.
  3. Trying to Fix the Problem Rather than the Process. Ninety percent of the time it isn’t a people-problem. It is a process-problem.
  4. Delegating Tasks Instead of Responsibility. It is hard to delegate, because many times I (wrongly) think I’m the only one who can do it right.
  5. Assuming it is Always Black and White. Following rules is a lot easier than trying to deal with relationships.
  6. Not Following my Gut. When we stop listening to God, he stops talking to us (consider the 13-year gap when God stopped talking to Abraham).
  7. Dwelling on the Worst-Case Scenario. Worry might not be your issue, but everyone has an issue that can derail them.
  8. Waiting Until There’s a Problem to Provide Feedback. I have to discipline myself to encourage my team.
  9. Staying Busy. It is a lie, but I tend to think if I’m staying busy, I’m adding value to my organization.
  10. Spending Too Much Time on the Details Rather than the Dreams.

[You can read more, including some other great quoteables from Tony over at Tim’s And, you can get daily wisdom from Tony each and every day at!]

So… How many of Tony’s mistakes have you also been guilty of? And what can you learn from Tony’s mistakes?

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