At the outset, I am a self confessed protagonist when it comes to leadership. Especially that banal aspect of managing people. Dogs are managed. People are like cats. They aren’t. In fact I suspect andy person capable or desiring management of leadership isn’t worth their wages.
People want to be led not managed. Therein lie the problem in business. The subtle coercion of “My way or the highway.” Or the other dictum of impotent heads masquerading as leaders when questioned why?, “This is the way we have always done things around here.” Here are a few ideas below from Entrepreneur you can use to turn things around. Jim
You can’t fake it.
Managing people doesn’t mean having a “work” persona and a “non-work” persona. I’m sure you know people who are completely different outside the office. You might see them at a function or dinner and think “Is that the same person?”
Management, or more accurately, leadership, is all about being your authentic self. That means not trying to be something you’re not. It means being comfortable with who you are and leaning on your strengths to manage effectively.
One of the best ways to build relationships with the people on your team is to actually mix your work and non-work personas. And to do that, you need to be your authentic self.During your meetings, you need to talk about any work issues, but you can (and should) also sprinkle in topics such as what you did on the weekend, questions about employees’ kids, last night’s game or your favorite new restaurant.When your team does a great job, get them out of the office and do something together as a group that has nothing to do with work. Go bowling. Have a dinner party.