Managers and / or Leaders? The differentiation is so subtle that both mostly roll into one. Most of us start somewhere down the line and move up the corporate ladders. Leadership and managerial skills become essential as we start leading groups of people as part of our day-to-day job. There are a few well-known quotes and a few random thoughts about leadership given below.
Establish solid trust before offering advice. Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Keep promises… even small ones. Character is much easier kept than recovered. –Thomas Paine
Be enthusiastic about the success of others. Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. – Tom Peters
Recognize the potential in others and help them achieve it. Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming. –Johann von Goethe
Catch people doing things right. People ask for criticism, but they only want praise. –W. Somerset Maugham
Praise the baby steps. Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it. – Jess Lair
Go out of your way for people. To lead the people, walk behind them. –Lao-Tzu
Always give something extra. Under-promise; over-deliver. –Tom Peters.
Keep focused on the primary goal for your company. Never let yourself be distracted from that.
1. Surround yourself not with those who only agree with you, but with the right people for the job you need done. Train them and provide them the tools to do the job.
2. Recognize the benefits of having different personalities around you. Not only do separate skill sets come with different personalities, but different approaches that are essential to your company’s success.
3. Having hired the right people, get out of their way. If you must micromanage them, you don’t need them. This is not a big problem, however, since they won’t stay anyway, if you treat them with so little respect.
4. Remember always to consult your feedback loop in all your processes, to make sure things are working as you expect, and that you can make appropriate changes timely. Failure to do this will hasten the failure of your organization in total. Recall that your feedback loop is only as valuable as the people from whom you get feedback. Listen to them.
5. Know when you have exceeded your limitations; acknowledge it. Then get help to overcome it.
6. Each of us has the capability to be a leader. We will only become one when we lose our fear of making mistakes.
Enjoy your leadership role.