Forming habits is usually gradual, to the point where you hardly realize you have them, good or bad. Here are five you should strive to break:
1. Not paying attention. Our mobile devices have lured us into a perpetual half-attention. Put the phone away until you’re completely alone—behind a closed door.
2. Talking ceaselessly. As a leader, it’s your job to explain, coach, assign and follow up. Aim for one-third talking and two-thirds listening.
3. Never being available. It’s not guaranteed, but your staff should be able to find you and have a word with you.
4. Making promises for your team. Don’t commit to deliver something for clients—especially if it’s immediate or extraordinary—without consulting your employees. And if the task goes above and beyond, pitch in.
5. Giving too little (or too much) information. Either one can waste your staff’s time and effort.
— Adapted from “Become a Better Boss: 5 Habits Managers Should Avoid," Avery Augustine, Mashable.