Question of the Month: What Are the Biggest Mistakes New Leaders Make?

According to a study by the Center for Creative Leadership, a leadership education and research firm, 40% of new managers and supervisors fail within their first 18 months. It’s an interesting statistic that suggests serious implications for many companies dealing with leadership turnover. From inadequate training to personality type, there are a wide variety of reasons a new leader may not live up to expectations. So we want to know:

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8 Responses to Question of the Month: What Are the Biggest Mistakes New Leaders Make?

  1. Kim B. Davis March 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Wow, I’m impressed with my answer. I got the second largest %of correct responses.

  2. Rick Hess March 5, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Personally, I think it’s a combination of one or more, usually more that sinks a new manager. Without learning and applying these, they will never become a leader.

    • Refresh Leadership March 5, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      I totally agree! Many new managers learn the hard way that there’s much more to the job than a new title or a bigger office. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Deb P March 5, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    I agree, if its one – it generally the trickle down theory and affects – ALL!

  4. Gordon S March 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    If you can’t describ what you want, how will your subordiant know what you are looking for

  5. Henry M. March 6, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I agree that communicating effectively is key. However, getting to know something about your employees helps to learn how best to communicate your ideas most effectively.

    • Metchree D. March 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      I agree with statistics about lack of comminication is the reason that there is a large turnover in management and leadership. Utilize the tools at your disposal to be effective. Keep thr doors of communcation open Being in a titled position should be deserving and rewarding.

  6. Bonnie E March 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Communicating effectively is key to becoming a successful. As with any newly appointed leader I can only hope they have a mentor who has empowered them to be an effective communicator. I am grateful to those who have mentored me and who continue to raise the bar. Sometimes I feel good mentors are a thing of the past.

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