All you need to know about the challenges that you may encounter in your journey as a successful leader.
“Turn your troubles into triumph.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita
A leader is, by and large, a person who is in a position not only to manage their work and the people who are under their guidance and authority, but also they are required to rally others to ameliorate themselves and their performance towards the right destination.
The journey of a successful leader may not be smooth and implicate positive vibes all the time as it may sound. Some people become leaders for their communities naturally, others are appointed by organizations to bear this huge responsibility. There are incontrovertibly some obstacles and challenges that emerge in the process.
In order to give you an idea of what issues emerging leaders go through when appointed by their organizations, we collected the top 10 challenges:
1.Adapting the mindset from a follower to a leader:
After a while of being a plain worker, your mindset is automatically set to do assignments and duties you’ve been asked to. However, now you are in a position to lead, inspire, help, and be in a position to handle all the details and sectors that you haven’t dealt with before; and especially, it wasn’t your main concern or your focus point. It will take time to adapt to this new lifestyle depending on the person’s ability to adapt to new circumstances and situations.
2. Time management:
One of the most famous challenges that - approximately - all of us face is time management. The leader deals with this issue twofold because he has to manage his time and other employees’ keeping in mind that the leader is responsible for both collaboration and communication with his team and other departments too. Subsequently, some employees may miss a meeting, miss a task’s deadline or the leader himself may struggle to find sufficient time to run his own tasks. Thus, it will cause a pressure that may affect his performance and certainly will affect the organization’s productivity and reputation as well.
3.Pressure and stress:
One of the most stressful and nerve-racking things that you have to deal with as a leader, is pressure, working under it, and how to get yourself out of this bubble. Pressure can be felt due to a lot of problems; for instance:
· Time management:
Poor time management can result in great pressure on both leaders and employees. To avoid such an issue, a leader must know when to delegate some tasks and responsibilities to his employees.
· Underestimating oneself:
The lingering obsession of seeking perfection and greatness from the very beginning while feeling that you are not enough and what you do is not sufficient. Additionally, the urge to meet up people’s expectations and try 24/7 to prove yourself to others will always drag you into colossal stress.
· Over task:
The tremendous amount of duties and assignments definitely press on you, without forgetting that responsibility and being in control of a lot of things at the same time is a heavy burden to carry on your back.
Keep in mind, employees’ stress is also a leader’s stress.
When it comes to making decisions, it usually puts the leader in a dilemma, facing varieties of issues from lack of relevant information and data (sometimes even the overload of information may result in making it hard for a leader to react), employees, financial incomes and even equipment when dealing with an analytic decision, to doubting your instinct on a spontaneous and behavioral one.
One of the typical obstacles faced by a leader while developing strategies is the overwhelming, time especially when one needs to take into consideration other staff’s opinions which takes the leader into a rollercoaster of calls, meetings, and reunions. Usually, when taking a huge or hard decision, it usually puts the leader and the organization at many undeniable risks which may affect them in a negative way, but dealing with them in a smart way could give the greatest results.
A necessary point that holds the firm together and makes the work and progress smoother is communication. It is considered a main key for the leader to have a great control over his organization. However, most of the time, lack of communication is present in the field which hampers the growth of the company. This shortage is pictured in miscommunication and misunderstanding which is usually caused by the leader’s awareness of the importance of it, he may not make it clear for his employees what are they exactly expected to do; or he does not create opportunities/space to share anything that could affect their productivity, whether positively or negatively. Moreover, communication is a must in resolving conflicts that are caused by the diversity of personalities, perspectives, and opinions clashes’.
6.Hiring and firing employees:
Bringing a new worker to your board or expelling them are two faces of the same coin, hard decision, and big responsibility. As a leader, you are eligible to build and rebuild your firm in order to make it in the right shape.
It is true that the HR is responsible for the hiring part, but the final decision is in the leader’s hands, and it takes a lot of effort and stress to put the right person in the right position. Evaluating the applicant’s resume and experiences, analyzing his personality, extracting his skills and style of working are the main challenges, must-do, and go through in order to hire the best employee which is not an easy process.
“YOU ARE FIRED!” is what Donald TRUMP famous for, but unfortunately it is not easy to say it or to make that decision as it may sound. Making this decision takes a lot of performance reviewing, and announcing it takes a lot of courage as the leader may feel a kind of guilt or sorrow to expel someone from his team, but it is compulsory to keep the organization going in the right direction. Also, it is hard to fill that gap by hiring someone more suitable for that position, as it will bring more issues such as taking time to find the one.
As a leader, you may encounter a lot of cases of poor performance by your employees, not only as individuals but also as a team. Sometimes, you will notice that your team is not working as hard as you do, maybe because of different working styles than yours but they are still focused on the final results which is a good thing. Sometimes, their performance is low due to loss of focus; both individually and collectively, or the lack of motivation which is usually the leader’s mission to provide an inspiring and motivational atmosphere for his workers to be comfortable and productive at max. A point that not everyone may pay enough attention to is the long working hours that savagely drain the employee’s energy, soul, and suck any potential creativity that he can add to the organization. Moreover, the inadequate support and feedback among the firm’s staff from the leader to the last member, may hazardously cause a tacky performance.
Feedback is a sort of examinational communication where you can evaluate and get evaluated. In this range, the leader must focus on this point that surely will help him positively to keep things under control and be able to change what needs to be changed before it will aggravate and cause greater issues. The leader himself should receive feedback from his staff in order to examine if he is on the right way or needs to reconsider some things. At the same time, he needs to review and provide consistent feedback to them, to both praise them in case of great performance or to warn them in case of a poor job.
The risk that we all take to move forward may sometimes result in opposite outcomes that you as a leader don’t want. You should always be aware of every decision and every step you take because you will always be evaluated by your superior or your subordinates and undoubtedly will be registered in your career as a fail.
10. Bias :
In your career, you may face a situation where you feel like you are leaning to act subjectively rather than objectively which eventually be titled as a bias that will affect your credibility thus your reputation.
In this case, there are a lot of examples such as overconfidence; when you overestimate your own performance thinking your contribution is the one and only way to go while neglecting others opinions. Being influenced by the first information we get and building over it a judgment or a decision without taking time to evaluate other information is also a form of bias; moreover, leaning to an employee rather than the other is something that you don’t want to do because it is a form of unfairness and injustice which eventually will cause chaos among your team.
All in all, to maintain a great and successful leadership, the leader must be ready to face all obstacles and challenges with a positive mindset. However, in case of failure, a leader needs to move forward and adapt smart solutions to every situation of hardship.