Don’t Abuse Your AuthorityAnother misconception is that a leader is always obeyed, that people will hear you and do as they were told. This couldn’t be more wrong.
It is understandable if you feel frustrated after spending hours talking someone out of a bad move, and they end up doing it anyway. You were well prepared and made a point of using your time to see trends and predict failures. They came to you in the first place, so why didn’t they follow your ideas?
The thing is that you are their leader, not their parent. They are adults fully capable of making their own decisions.
Plus, they have all the right to make mistakes and learn from them – you probably have learned a lot from your mistakes, so why take the same opportunity away from them?
Remember that you work within limits decided by your followers, not by you.