I am taking an on-line course on Future Learn Website
Here are a few tips about Management and Leadership – Growing as a Manager. How to effectively manage or Lead your team/employees
•You need to be trustworthy: Your staff or team need to be able to trust you.
• Communicate effectively with your employeesensuring that they understand tasks that need to be done; and what you want to achieve as an organization.
• Learn to delegate effectively: Trust members of your team with a certain task but also ensure that you support them in carrying it out.
• Admit bad decisions you make
• Be firm when necessary(Autocratic)
• Be democratic– Give room for the creativity of your team/staff to blossom. Engage them in the process of running the unit or organization.
• Have an effective working relationship with those under your supervision
• Lead by example
• Ability to be able to make decisions…Managers/Leaders make decisions.
Taking Training courses is not the only way to learn
Other ways to learn:
• Learn from other people’s experience by observing and talking with them. • Read • Use Websites • Undertake development tasks by taking up new responsibility. Don’t shy away from taking up new assignments. You learn new things and grow. • Seek feedback from other people.
Getting the job done makes you a success. Getting the job done through others makes you a leader.
When you add value to people they want to follow you.
Provide training to your people so they’ll know how to do their job.
If you don’t like what your people are doing, first take a look at yourself.
Put your staff in the right positions…where their strength lies.
Your followers become like you, so lead well
My thoughts and lessons on my readings of the book, The 360 degree Leadership:
When your followers believe in you When they can trust you They will follow you.
Don’t be the kind of leader that says one thing and does another thing. Take time to know your staff individually; connect with them somehow by knowing a little about their lives. It can be just knowing about their hobby.
Develop your staff patiently and help them acquire skills and qualities that will benefit other areas of their lives.
Never stop growing Be growth oriented and not goal oriented Never be satisfied with attainment off a position; keep growing, keep learning. (Inspired by the book 360 Degree Leadership)
Vision leaks, it needs to be communicated clearly, creatively and continually. John C. Maxwel
To get your team’s buy in into a vision you have to sell it to them.
If they don’t get it they will not run with it
If they don’t get it they can frustrate it
If they don’t buy into your vision you are going to have a hard time succeeding.
Don’t be a Mr/Ms know all
Don’t let ego get in the way
You need your team/followers to achieve your goals
Leadership is about leading and not an ego trip
You can succeed too; get your team on board and on the same page with you.
Tips for getting your team on your side
• Share your vision clearly…paint the picture of what you want to achieve or where you want to go. • Tell them you need them to achieve this. • If you have a plan of how to get to where you want to go/achieve your goals share it with your team. However tap into their amazing ideas that will help get you to your goal. • Assign duties and let them get on with carrying out their tasks without breathing down on their necks. • Have a re-group meeting where you can remind your team of the goal/vision and get an up-date about how close you all are to the vision. • Appreciate, appreciate efforts of your team. • Acknowledge that you and your team made it happen…don’t take all the credit. • If something doesn’t work share in the blame don’t push the fault on your team members. • Take charge…be in charge, let your team know that they can come to you to handle problems that show up. • Celebrate your success with your team…reward them maybe with a small tea party; certificates of thank you for a job well done and perhaps a raise if it calls for that.
A photograph taken with the statue of Mahatma Gandhi , leader of the Indian Independence movement reminds me that leaders are made not born. No leader remains forever for times and seasons pass and life just moves on. Therefore leadership is a privilege and an art that must be learned. We learn from the success and failings of past leaders in every field. Here are a few thoughts on how to succeed at leadership/management:
Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted. Anonymous
Be prepared to look at unusual opportunities.Richard Templar
Breaking out of familiar thought patterns and coming up with new possibilities; it is one of the keys to improving creativity.Lloyd King
Being creative is about finding new and different ways to solve a problem. Richard Templar
Too much management and you stagnate. Too much leadership and you get nowhere. Embrace the challenge of striking a balance.The management and leadership network
The really good managers are also leaders – They inspire and motivate, encourage and enthuse.Richard Templar.
These are thought lines i garnered from a book i am reading currently- “The Rules of Management” by Richard Templar. It is funny, witty and practical. No one is paying me for this just sharing something i believe would be useful for anyone wearing or thinking of putting on leadership shoes.