The 5 Biggest Mistakes Team Leaders Make

by Patrick Sanaghan (President, The Sanaghan Group, and creator of the High Performing Teams Survey)

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with over 100 senior teams and cabinets in higher education. Overall, the experience has been quite positive due to the intelligence, dedication, aspirations, and integrity of those veteran leaders.

Unfortunately, about 10% of teams I have worked with just never performed well, despite great effort and talent. This article is an attempt to conduct a “post mortem” on the teams that just didn't make it. These mistakes go beyond some of the essential elements of stellar team performance, such as having a shared purpose, holding each other accountable, open and trusted communication, and high levels of trust. All these are very important, but the absence of these was not responsible for these talented teams’ failures.

The following five "mistakes" may sound like common sense, but they are often overlooked when leaders at colleges and universities are building their teams.


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