Types of Leadership Problems & Challenges

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Leadership positions have their own set of challenges.
Leadership positions have their own set of challenges. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

No matter what type of leadership you enter into, you will always have challenges. As a leader in a business, family or organization, it is your job to inspire those that work for you and ultimately lead them to success. Though it may seem basic enough, problems and challenges can arise that could affect your ability to lead, and you must overcome them in order for your team to succeed.

Former Peers

If you were not always a manager, then you may find yourself in a position where you have been promoted to a leadership position only to be in charge of your peers. This will require you to alter your existing relationship with your peers and establish a sense of authority as a boss.

Teamwork

As a leader, you will work in some sort of team situation or have a set of individuals that work under you. Since no one is alike, you will have a team of diverse individuals and with that comes diverse personalities. The challenge will be to find a way for everyone to work together.

Communication

As a leader, you must communicate to those that work for you and express to them your goals and visions. Also encourage their feedback. Be clear in your communication and teach those that work with you how to communicate effectively as well.

Inspiring

As a leader, it is your job to inspire those that work with you. Individuals in your team must believe in your vision and goals and aspire to meet them. This can mean that you may be posed with the challenge of motivating your team and helping them see the reasons for your goals to begin with.

Trust and Respect

You must gain the trust and respect of those that you lead. This can pose a challenge when you have those in your group that are opposed to the overall goals of the team or if they have personal issues with management or with you.

Evaluations and Terminations

It can be a challenge in a leadership position to deal with evaluations and terminations. As a leader, you may gain some sort of personal connection with those you lead, and it can be difficult to separate personal feelings from work when it comes to evaluating a person’s overall character as an employee and not a friend. Terminations can also be a challenge, especially if you have not terminated an employee before or are faced with terminating someone you know closely.

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