2. Putting Paperwork before People
Work. The greater the leadership
role, the more important people
work is. Only through relationships
is there transformation.
3. The Absence of Affirmation. Everyone thrives on affirmation and praise.
We wildly underestimate the power
of the tiniest personal touch of kindness. Learn to read the varying levels
of affirmation your people need.
4. No Room for Mavericks. Mavericks
can save us from the slide toward
institutionalism. They bring us the
future! Learn to recognize truly useful mavericks. After all, we were all
5. Dictatorships in Decision Making.
Dictators deny the value of individualism. The major players in an organization are like its stockholders. They
should have a say in its direction.
6. Dirty Delegation. Over managing
is one of the cardinal sins of poor
leadership. Nothing frustrates those
who work for you more than sloppy
delegation with too many strings
attached. Delegation should match
each worker’s follow-through ability.
7. Communication Chaos. The bigger the group, the more attention
that must be given to communicate. Communication must be the
passionate obsession of effective
8. Missing the Clues of Corporate Culture. Every system has a set of values
and beliefs. If we don’t understand
the culture, we create conflict and
9. Success with Successors. Pride tightens the grip on leadership, humility
relaxes and lets go. Letting go of leadership is like sending your children
away to college—it hurts, but has to
be done. Mentoring is a non-negotia-ble function of successful leadership.
10. Failure in Focus on the Future. The
future is rushing at us at breakneck
speed. A leader’s concentration must
not be on the past or on the present,
but on the future. Vision is an effective leader’s chief preoccupation.
Finzel H. “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders
Make.” David C. Cook; Colorado Springs,
Paul A. Dubiel, MS, R T(R), CRA, FAHRA has been the
senior director, imaging at Seton Family of Hospitals
in Austin, TX since 2002. An AHRA member since 1993,
he is currently editor-in-chief of Radiology
Management and has volunteered for numerous
other task forces and committees. Paul can be
contacted at email@example.com.