Learning from Your Boss

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Learning From your Boss

I had the opportunity to work with a company for twenty eight years so I went through multiple management/Leadership. The lessons about management/leadership that I learned from my manager are the following:

Goal Setting - Setting goals is a very important first step on the path to becoming a more effective leader. While managers surely set goals and work to achieve those goals, leaders operationalize goals through teamwork. Accomplishing goals becomes more than a task; it becomes a creative expression of leadership style. Setting goals is an important leadership skill because it encourages compliance, establishes evaluative criteria, and sets a plan for the future. Likewise, goals should be specific, measurable, and realistic enough to be attainable. In essence, goal setting is the first step in leadership and the last step in success. •Team Building - Creating a team-like atmosphere is a leadership skill that would enhance any manager’s repertoire of available skills. Many managers who create and work in teams would benefit from enhanced team building skills. The importance of team building is that “everyone has the right and the duty to influence decision-making and to understand the results” Through team building, leaders include others in participative management – allowing others to have some say into how things are accomplished and how work is done A few helpful hints for building a cohesive team include: create a purpose; identify potential members and define their role within the group; empower others to do their jobs; praise the group for accomplishments; and encourage openness and togetherness in decision making. Effective leaders are open to the new ideas and new ways of thinking that a team atmosphere can offer – after all, a team can be only as good (effective) as its leader. •Empowerment - Many managers have mastered the skill of delegation – giving someone something to do. But to be an effective leader, one must...
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