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Here Are 6 Times You’ve Crossed the Line As a Manager

Sometimes we need to point out the mistakes if we want to learn better.

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Okay, so this headline could be entirely hypothetical, of course. But that doesn’t mean thousands of managers don’t do those mistakes on a daily basis when it comes to leading their teams. It also doesn’t mean that you are immune to crossing the line at some point in project management. That’s why it’s important to have the knowledge and be able to stop the process from the get-go.

The truth is that leading a company and a team is some serious business. We could be reading all the top-notch books, attending the best seminars or workshops, and even learning from the masters in the craft. Of course, doing our best is crucial — yet sometimes we are prone to making mistakes.

And it’s fine — as a matter of fact, the majority of the most successful managers and entrepreneurs out there indeed have made hundreds of mistakes before nailing their jobs. What’s important is to be able to recognize them and be well prepared both how to avoid them and what to do in case a failure occurs.

Don’t be afraid of mistakes — they help us grow in our professional development

I enjoy reading about other entrepreneurs’ experiences throughout the years — you’d be astonished to know just how much they’ve managed to learn through mistakes.

Because, essentially, making a mistake is far from any hypothetical scenario. A mistake is followed by consequences. Sometimes those consequences are easily ignored while other times they can lead to even bigger problems and obstacles. But do you know what the silver lining is? By facing a consequence you come up with ideas about overcoming it. This provokes problem-solving skills, proactivity, and endurance to failure in the long term. And all that we owe to mistakes.

At the end of the day, it’s the experience that allows us to keep moving forward, both in our personal and professional lives.

Yet, another option we have for self-development is simply to teach ourselves how to spot mistakes while we are doing them so we can stop the behavior that’s been inducing them. Of course, this process requires tons of self-awareness, enlightenment, and openness to receiving critique. The latter is exceptionally hard, especially if we are our own critics.

Let’s discuss 6 occasions when we, as managers, may be crossing the line (and what to do about it)

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I know that leading a team can indeed be quite a stressful and overwhelming experience.

But here’s my view on management — its main goal is to strengthen the bond between the manager and their employees, not between the manager and the project itself. Because, in reality, having a team of experts who works in a positive environment is a recipe for successful projects in the long term.

That’s why in today’s article I’d like to discuss 6 of the most common situations when a manager is possibly crossing a line. Who knows, perhaps you’d be able to recognize yourself, your manager, or your potential mistakes the moment they occur.

You, as a manager, are crossing the line when…

  1. You don’t show interest in your employees’ individualities. The world is a very interesting place filled with enticing, inspirational, and motivational people. When you lead a team of employees, you have the chance to get to know amazing individuals, yet many managers miss on communicating on a daily basis. On the one hand, you’re missing out a lot. On the other, you fail to create strong bonds with your coworkers which, essentially, will make working with them a rather challenging endeavor. Besides, people feel the best when they feel appreciated and cherished for who they are. It’s simple as that.
  2. You get too nosy. Yes, getting to know your employees is essential, but this doesn’t mean you should step over their personal boundaries. Avoid topics that may cause discomfort to your team. Better yet, always ask if it’s okay to discuss a certain subject. This shows respect toward the team and they would most definitely return the favor.
  3. You overburden your employees with impossible requirements. I know that sometimes projects can create a long to-do list, but this doesn’t mean you should overwork your team to the point of complete exhaustion and burnout. Keeping your employees sane while distributing the workload adequately is definitely something you should aim at.
  4. You expect them to take calls all the time outside of work hours. If the job doesn’t require your team to be available all the time, then you simply cannot expect your employees to be always up and running each time you have an epiphany or a really dazzling business idea. The hours outside of the office are time we all need to dedicate to relaxation and fun. Leave this great business idea for the meeting first thing the next morning.
  5. You exceed your employees’ job specifications. Don’t forget that your employees have applied for a specific job with its specific requirements. If you start giving your employees tasks that have nothing to do with their initial duties, perhaps you’d be crossing the line. If you see potential in someone and think they would do great at a specific job, offer them a raise.
  6. You force on them unnecessary obligations. Company culture is one thing; forcing your own obligations on your employees is completely another. You are a fan of pajama Fridays? You are dying for engaging in Zoom calls once per hour? You insist on the team working strictly from 9 to 5 even though they work remotely and can execute their tasks whenever? You are strictly opposed to an individual approach toward a task? Well, great, but remember that those are your preferences. Before forcing some of them on your team, you may first ask what’s their opinion and discuss the subject with an open mind.

In a nutshell

Making a mistake is rather easy, especially for those of us who are still inexperienced. The mistake itself is not the problem — the problem is the continuous wrongdoing without taking a point. So next time you observe some of the above-mentioned crossing-the-line types of behavior, you should try your best to correct them on the spot and think of other ways to approach the situation.

Hi, guys, I’m Ivan, and I’m here to share with all of you my passion for words, great content, entrepreneurship, personal development, management, hobbies, and everything in between.

I serve as the CEO of my WordPress Development Agency @ Vipe Studio, where I have the pleasure to lead a diverse, wonderful and energetic team of experts. Feel free to contact me anytime — I would love to exchange new ideas and inspire each other!



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Ivan Popov

Ivan Popov

i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of vipe studio. still running marathons though.