Five costly mistakes that a great team leader makes only once

Bill Gates, George Washington and Gandhi were all great leaders who moved large numbers of people. Many books have been written about their leadership skills. It is more difficult to be a great leader in today’s fast-paced environment. You need to think fast and act quickly. There is very little room for error.
Every day, Mavenlink works with innovative leaders. We have noticed some common traits in them, namely that they rarely make costly mistakes more than once.
These are the five most common errors that great leaders make, and how you can avoid them.
Mistake #1: Hire or Promote the Wrong Person
How bad could it be?
It turned out to be really bad.
According to a CareerBuilder survey, bad hires can cost companies up to $50,000 per year.
Ouch. That’s a lot. It’s possible to hire two people for the exact same job, and hope that at least one of them succeeds.
Although you can hire multiple people, it is unlikely. However, you can avoid making common hiring mistakes that could lead to a bad hire. These are the most common mistakes made in hiring:
1. Not understanding the skills required for a job. Not understanding the skills required for a job. Not looking for talent in the right places (e.g., internal, or on the wrong sites). Failure to verify references
You might not be able to know the person’s cultural fit if you hire someone from the outside. Sometimes, the person you interview might be very different from the person you hire. You might find that the person who greets and welcomes you at the interview is different from the person who will work with the company and team in person. You should ask cultural questions so that you can feel confident in the person.
You will know the person’s culture and past performance history if you hire or promote from within. You might not be able to tell if the person is right for the job, or if there are better candidates (figuratively).
You can tell if someone is not attending, making frequent mistakes, complaining frequently, or behaving with insubordination.
Mistake #2: You throw someone under the bus
Reputation is damaged by being thrown under the bus.
We get it. It can be tempting to blame someone else for a mistake. This is especially true if your reputation is at stake. However, it will damage your reputation more than it will protect. If you throw someone under the bus, trust in your leadership can be instantly eroded.
Another repercussion is the person you have thrown under your feet. There is a good chance that this person has a network. If you foster ill-will between yourself and another person, it can spread that you are not a great leader to work for or with.
Great leaders do the exact opposite. They protect their subordinates. They encourage risk-taking and use positive reinforcement to correct mistakes. They set an example by being open to admitting their mistakes, finding solutions, and recognizing individuals when they take initiative.
Make #3: You send an angry email
The New York Times explains how Abraham Lincoln used angry letters in “The Lost Art of the Unsent Angry Letter,” a New York Times article. These letters were called “hot” by Lincoln. Amazingly, even Abe could be honest and irritated at the people he trusted.
What’s even more amazing? That’s because Lincoln didn’t send his hot mail. He would write them, then cool off and send another letter that was more manageable, emotionally speaking. It was, however, much more difficult to send a hot mail back during Lincoln’s time. Hit send meant to give the letter to someone.