Not everyone wants to climb the corporate ladder to a leadership position, but those that get this opportunity should not take it lightly.
Being a manager requires a new set of skills that wasn’t necessary in previous roles, and not everyone who gets this role is trained or qualified to lead others.
Modern managers should be constantly attempting to better their leadership skills.
If you ask your team members if you are a good manager, do you expect them to say anything but “YES”?
Of course you’d expect them to say “YES”! After all you’ve set the goals & targets for the year, provided clarity on how to achieve the goals, handed them a copy of the job description and also explained the performance matrices.
There has never been a better time for leaders to show their colours. Many businesses could be very much more successful than they currently are if leadership was more visible in every situation.
Ask most managers and they will insist that they show good leadership skills. But ask them what makes up those skills and how they are demonstrated, and their answers actually show they are sadly lacking in the knowledge required to improve business opportunities through actions that build on leadership authority.
The age old cliché of ‘Great leaders are born not made’ is thrown around a lot in many walks of life, whether you are talking about the manager at work or the captain of your football team.
Personally, I don’t buy into this. I think that anybody can put their mind to being a great leader: it is all down to motivating yourself individually and being willing to continually improve yourself.
Transformational leadership occurs when both leaders and their followers (e.g. employees) help one another and work with each other to achieve greater levels of integrity and motivation. Learn More
We get asked quite often on our management courses “What makes an ideal manager?”, and there are many factors to take into consideration when answering this question. The ideal manager leads by example, they recognise that simply directing or telling will only get short term results at its best, setting goals with the team in mind. Learn More