You might think this is a silly question but, I’ve had people say ‘no, managers aren’t leaders’. When I ask why they don’t believe managers are leaders, they usually describe a manager as somebody who does the tactical, day-to-day work of assigning tasks and following up. They write performance evaluations at the end of the year and try to keep their employees from killing each other in the mean time.
It sounds a bit like baby-sitting to be honest. And, it doesn’t sound very motivating. Who wants to be in a rudder-less boat with no direction? And, it’s not going to propel your business forward.
That’s not leadership or even great management. You might ask ‘what is leadership and great management?’ Here are some of our assumptions around great management and leadership.
- Exceptional managers are leaders of their team and leaders in their
- Exceptional managers focus on both their people and their
- Exceptional managers engage their employees in the business and build high performance
- Great business results are the ultimate
- High performing teams provide the ultimate competitive
If you can develop great managers who are leaders in your organization, these are some of the benefits you’ll see:
- An organizational culture of high performance and achievement.
- Empowered managers and
- Lower employee
- Employer of choice for all employees, including
- Harnessed capability and power of all employees on behalf of team and
Does this sound too good to be true? It isn’t. As a good friend who was an executive at Hewlett-Packard says, “If you can harness the power of your people, you will truly get great business results!”
So the real question is, how do you do this? Over the next five blog posts, we’ll share with you 5 steps you can take to become an exceptional manager and build a high performing team.
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