The first rule of management is that it is a different skill than leadership. Leadership is about setting a vision and aligning the work around it. True management is, rather, about bringing out the best in the people. This isn’t easy: management is one of the hardest jobs in the world. The following ideas should help:
Successful management involves recognising that you’re not working with robots and trying to micromanage them. Teams are made up of humans independently trying to work towards a goal. So don’t try to manage how they work but focus instead on whether they are achieving those goals. It’s not easy being a great boss.
Spend more time than you think you need to with your high performers. It’s easy to think they are doing well and leave them to it, but they are the rocket ships that could end up running parts of the company someday. Stretch them, expect big things of them, and see what they’re made of.
- Remember that you will not be able to help anyone else as a manager if you are drained and burnt out yourself. So take your holidays and don’t work punishingly long hours. You need to be your best self for others as well as for yourself.
The above leadership tip...
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