Here are five common mistakes that can derail your advancement up the ranks within your organization:
- Insisting on perfection. If you possess micromanaging and controlling tendencies, you frustrate coworkers and employees. Ease up and realize that nothing is perfect.
- Avoiding confrontation. If you prefer to take the indirect approach to problems, your peers and direct reports will see you as weak and will grow tired of your passive-aggressive nature.
- Fearing risk. A fear of failure makes you indecisive and causes you to stall and avoid taking action. As a result, you tend to stick to the status quo, and innovation is stifled.
- Acting like you are superior. If you are overly self-assured or confident, you likely don’t listen to others and you are quick to dismiss feedback from others. That makes everyone resent you.
- Trusting no one. Because you are bent on protecting your own interest, you are skeptical, tense and suspicious. Because you are untrusting, people don’t trust you.
— Adapted from “When Leaders Go Off Track,” DDI, www.ddiworld.com.