In this day and age, one of supposed advanced learning and knowledge on how people interact, why are we still hearing of organizations that are sadly dysfunctional?
Managers who yell at those who report to them in front of peers and public. Managers who work 10 hours a day and think everyone should be able to, and want to. Managers who micro-manage, not respecting differing learning styles or personal space.
Employees need to know why they are performing a task, the purpose behind it. They don’t work well and can’t offer suggestions when they don’t know. Managers set up the systems and structure of the work while leaders focus on people and how they obtain the results. Managers respond to the day-to-day ensuring what needs to be done, gets done, while leaders inspire people to achieve, and look to the future for opportunity.
Most of the businesses in British Columbia are classified as small business with less than 50 employees, the majority having under 5 employees. In order for these businesses to really function well, they need someone who is both a manager and a leader. In large organizations, these roles may be separate with the leadership at the top. This works well for corporate direction but many times does not filter down to those who are tasked with the work of the organization. Leadership works best if it is also at the level where it influences those on the front lines inspiring the workers so having managers with leadership qualities is desirable.
Where are the leaders in your organization? Celebrate them and utilize them to the fullest.
“The task is to lead people. And the goal is to make productive the specific strengths and knowledge of every individual.” Peter Drucker
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