The Lazy CEO Podcast

Top 10 Mistakes That Leaders Make

by Jul 3, 2023The Lazy CEO Podcast

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In This Episode About the Top 10 Leadership Mistakes

  • In this episode of The Lazy CEO Podcast, host Jim Schleckser discusses common leadership mistakes, drawing from his extensive experience working with CEOs and running companies.
  • Jim emphasizes that although individuals may believe they are making unique mistakes, there are often common patterns and errors that leaders fall into.
  • The first highlighted mistake is the failure to delegate, with Jim stressing the importance of delegation for reducing stress and workload and developing other team members.

In this episode of The Lazy CEO Podcast, host Jim Schleckser, founder of the CEO project, discusses common mistakes leaders and managers make. With nearly 20 years of experience working with CEOs and running companies, Jim has encountered various patterns of errors throughout his career. He emphasizes that although individuals may believe they are making unique mistakes, there are often common pitfalls that many leaders fall into.

Jim shares the top 10 mistakes, along with a bonus 11th mistake, that he has observed. While his focus is primarily on CEOs, he acknowledges that these mistakes can apply to managers overseeing smaller groups or departments. He assures listeners that he will maintain confidentiality by anonymizing his shared stories, as some may be embarrassing for those involved. However, he encourages listeners to reflect on their mistakes and see if they resonate with their experiences.

The first mistake Jim addresses is the failure to delegate. He acknowledges that delegation can be challenging and requires high trust. Context is crucial in determining when and how to delegate tasks. High-risk situations or low-experienced teams may require caution, whereas low-risk and reversible tasks should be delegated whenever possible. Jim emphasizes the transformative effects of effective delegation on reducing stress, workload, and the ability to develop others.

Overall, this podcast episode aims to shed light on common mistakes made by leaders and managers, providing valuable insights for improving decision-making and performance in the workplace.

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