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How Sales Manager Sabotage Themselves

Sales managers are responsible for leading their sales teams to success. They set goals, create strategies, and motivate their team members to achieve their targets. However, sales managers can also inadvertently sabotage themselves and their teams, resulting in poor sales performance, high turnover, and missed revenue opportunities. In this blog post, I’ll explore some common ways that sales managers sabotage themselves and their teams, and how they can avoid these pitfalls.


One of the biggest mistakes that sales managers make is micromanaging their team members. Micromanagement can stifle creativity and autonomy, causing team members to become disengaged and demotivated. It can also create a bottleneck in the sales process, slowing down progress and hindering sales performance.

To avoid micromanagement, sales managers should trust their team members and give them the space to take ownership of their work. They should provide clear guidance and expectations, but also allow team members to develop their own strategies and methods for achieving their targets. This approach can lead to higher levels of engagement, increased productivity, and better results.

Lack of communication

Effective communication is essential for success in any business, but it’s especially critical in sales. Sales managers who fail to communicate regularly and effectively with their team members can create confusion and frustration, leading to missed opportunities and poor sales performance.

To avoid this, sales managers should prioritize regular communication with their team members. This can include regular team meetings, one-on-one check-ins, and clear communication of goals and targets. By keeping the lines of communication open, sales managers can ensure that their team members are informed, engaged, and aligned with the organization’s objectives.

Focusing too much on numbers

Sales managers are often under pressure to achieve their sales targets, and it can be tempting to focus solely on the numbers. However, focusing too much on numbers can lead to a lack of focus on other important factors, such as customer relationships and team morale.

To avoid this, sales managers should adopt a holistic approach to sales management. They should prioritize building strong relationships with customers, providing excellent customer service, and creating a positive team culture. By focusing on these factors, sales managers can create a supportive and productive environment that drives sales performance.

Not providing adequate training and support

Sales is a complex and competitive field, and sales team members who do not receive adequate training and support are more likely to struggle and ultimately fail. Sales managers who do not invest in their team’s development and provide ongoing support may experience high turnover and poor sales performance.

To avoid this, sales managers should provide comprehensive training and development opportunities to help team members develop the skills they need to succeed. They should also provide ongoing coaching and support to help team members stay motivated and engaged. By investing in their team’s development and providing ongoing support, sales managers can build a strong and successful sales team that drives revenue and growth.

Not leading by example

Sales managers who do not lead by example may struggle to gain the respect and trust of their team members. If sales managers are not demonstrating the behaviors and attitudes they expect from their team members, they may find it difficult to motivate and inspire their team to achieve their targets.

To avoid this, sales managers should lead by example and demonstrate the behaviors and attitudes they expect from their team members. This can include setting high standards for customer service, being proactive in their approach to sales, and taking ownership of their work. By leading by example, sales managers can create a culture of excellence that motivates and inspires their team members to achieve their targets.

In conclusion, sales managers play a critical role in the success of their sales teams. However, sales managers can inadvertently sabotage themselves and their teams by micromanaging, lacking communication, focusing too much on numbers, and failing to provide adequate training and support.
Author: Bryan Payne is Chief Talent Scout and Founding Partner at Just Sales Jobs, a recruitment agency specializing in finding top sales talent in Toronto and surrounding areas. He has over 25 years of experience in sales recruiting and leading successful sales teams. You can contact him at 

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