As a manager, senior team leader, leader of a small team or colleague with leadership responsibility you are judged on your ability to deliver results and measured against them. At times this might seem tough and unfair, at the end of the day it is results that matter and the job you accepted…

In theory delivering results is simple but in practice can be more difficult, your job is determined and at times dictated by other people doing theirs. So read on for our 7 top obstacles you need to address to deliver results and be an effective leader and deliver those results that are expected…

Obstacle 1: Change

‘I don’t like change.’

When we become a leader it is easy to forget that there are different expectations and challenges. Even if you are not a new leader old mindsets and complacency can be an obstacle.

Obstacle 2: A Personal Rather Than Corporate Agenda

‘This is what I think and therefore is right.’

Ever noticed how someone’s leadership career evolves. At the start they are a breath of fresh air, full of new ideas and enthusiasm, after a while, especially if the going gets tough, they start to focus on their own survival rather than on delivering success, it is important to remember as a leader you need your team – otherwise you are simply a lone ranger with no one to lead.

Obstacle 3: Vagueness About Direction

‘You know… the thingy-ma-jig…’

As the leader people will look to you to provide clear direction, people respond to clear instruction and goals. They will then know what is expected of them. After all unless you have a clear direction in which you want to take the organisation or team forward in, how are you going to communicate it and get the support you need?

Obstacle 4: Micromanaging Everything

‘Have you made that call? Are you onto the next? Will you hit 10 calls in the next 5 minutes?’

One of the areas that differentiates the best from the poorer leaders is their ability to let go of things. Trust. When a leader spends all of their time micromanaging everything they get lost in the detail of the day to day stuff and lose sight of the bigger picture.

Obstacle 5: Failure To Act

‘I will do that tomorrow.’ …But tomorrow never comes.

We have all probably encountered this situation at some point in our career. The organisation is facing some struggles, needs to take some decisions and most importantly act on them. Yes it takes courage but failure to act is a recipe for disaster in the long term.

Obstacle 6: Having To Be Right

‘I am boss. Do as I say not as I do. I am right.’

Of course it is great to be the person who comes up with the ideas, turnaround or transformation plan or initiative. On the other hand when this becomes essential to you as the leader you stop listening, taking ideas on board and potentially miss out on real opportunities. Embrace your team as they will eventually make your job easier.

Obstacle 7: Failing To Adapt

‘Computer says no.’

Every situation requires a different response. In the worst case scenarios this failure to adapt can result in a whole organisation collapsing. Always be ready to adapt to new and changing circumstances. Move with the times and adapt with market developments.