Monday, September 15, 2014

Managements Leadership Problem

By Horatio Green

Seventh Grade Leadership Curriculum draft 
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Management consultant Peter Drucker once said, “One does not ‘manage’ people. The task is to lead people. And the goal is to make productive the specific strengths and knowledge of every individual.”

Managers are involved in things like budgeting, ensuring policies and procedures are followed, ensuring that a sufficient number of workers are hired, trained, staffed, and scheduled to do the job, and directing work.

Although leadership and being an administrator, manager, or supervisor go hand in hand, they are not the same.

Leadership is all about having a vision; creating useful change, empowering people, and including people as a necessary part of achieving goals.

Genuine leaders encourage teambuilding and teamwork, develop ideas and processes, and create excellence.

Managers with leadership qualities:

  • Develop their workforce into being the best they can be.
  • Are good listeners—through insights provided by the people who know their jobs best, managers create useful change and imbue a sense of belonging.
  • Challenge the status quo. They are never satisfied with complacency and are always on the lookout for ways of improvement.
  • Have the capability and exhibit a willingness to do anything that they ask the people they lead to do.
  • Share with people who work for them any hardship that a workplace contingency may impose.
  • Set high standards. They lead by example. They walk the talk. They are motivators. 

Leadership boils down to getting people to do what you want them to do because they have trust and confidence in you.

Most of management’s leadership problem essentially boils down to managers who don’t understand that they can’t provide leadership by sitting behind a desk.

Copyright © 2014 Horatio Green