Forget the bad “manager.” A good one can be trouble too!
Being the “manager” just isn’t going to cut it in today’s light speed business environment. You’ve got to be a leader––
In the classic sense, even the best “manager” is not going to be competitive today. Management is about process, and it’s about meeting standards. And with workplace engagement, loyalty and trust in management at all time lows––those standards are woefully low.
"The manager administers; the leader innovates. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. The manager has his eye on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.”
~Warren G. Bennis
Leadership is about people––and about exceeding those standards. It’s about bringing out the absolute best in people and inspiring them to go the extra mile for themselves and the organization.
But let’s not get lost in philosophical niceties. This is not about making people feel good, thought that is usually an added benefit. It’s about tapping into the deepest recesses of human inspiration and uniting people in a dedicated pursuit of excellence.
And it’s simple––though not always easy!
Let’s bring this down to earth and talk about simple, actionable, effective strategies you can apply immediately.
If you want to inspire people––be inspirational…
This is not as complicated as it seems. People follow examples much more enthusiastically than they do orders. If you want an inspired group around you––inspire them with your own performance. Every day.