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I built an assessment of leadership traps, of what not to do. It's free for you as subscriber:

Discover your leadership traps
Are you falling for these leadership traps? Answer 20 questions in <2 minutes to find out.

Why leadership traps?

Often, the best guide for action is: what not to do.

I have to admit... I have a bias to the opposite. I ask more: what can I do, what should I do?

When I ask that question, the list of potential things 'to do' often gets long, very long. And if I'm aware of it, I can cut it down to the essential (which does not always happen).

It's paradoxical that I see this also happen on challenges such as 'managing stress', 'managing time', 'focusing on what matters'. We can easily come up with a lot of things that could work with that.

The alternative: ask yourself 'what not to do'.

I wrote here about why it matters to know what not to do.

What not to do as a leader?

What not to do is also a helpful perspective when it comes to leadership advice.

Think of a terrible boss that you've had. What did they do that you know a leader should not do, something you do not want to do.

For me, it comes down to a few core things. A few traps to avoid as a leader:

  • Advice Trap: giving advice too frequently and disempowering others.
  • Distrust Trap: taking trust for granted or not thinking about it at all.
  • One-Dimensional Trap: being fixed in one's belief about 'this is who I am' and 'this is how I lead' or 'this is what it takes to be a leader around here'
  • Either/Or Trap: rushing to either/or decisions that do not do justice to underlying paradoxes in many leadership decisions.

Are you falling for these traps?

Take the quiz to find out 👇

Discover your leadership traps
Are you falling for these leadership traps? Answer 20 questions in <2 minutes to find out.

🎙️ My latest podcast

I say more about the traps in my newest episode:

Leadership traps: what not do to
Are you falling for these leadership traps? Take the test here 👇 Discover your leadership trapsAre you falling for these leadership traps? Answer 20 questions in<2 minutes to find out.politicwiseDaniel Matteo About the episode This podcast episode discusses leadership traps and what not to do as a leader. Often, what not to do is a better guide for action than what to do. There are four leadership traps to avoid: the advice trap, the distrust trap, the one-dimensional trap, and the

📚 What I read & listen to

A Tim Ferriss podcast with the "CEO Coach" Matt Mochary. Before you skip it: not just insightful for coaches! Check out the topics of the episode:

CEO Coach Matt Mochary — Live Coaching with Tim, Why Fear and Anger Give Bad Advice, How to Perform Personal Energy Audits, The Power of Accountability Partners, Delegation Tips, Strategies for Hiring the Right People, and More (#658) - The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
Interview with Matt Mochary on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast

Plus, I nearly fell of my metaphorical chair when I saw that Matt Mochary has open-sourced his CEO Playbook as a Google Doc. It's widely used by Silicon Valley firms and startups. Much of it is relevant to anyone leading a team or building an organisation.

For more context: https://mocharymethod.com

The full playbook/curriculum:

Mochary Method Curriculum

🖋️ My favourite quote

"An improviser is prepared, just not wedded to any ideology or rigid plans." - Daryl Chow on p. 44 in The First Kiss