There are many aspects to excellent management, and we’ll touch on just a few here, because leadership without good management limits what’s possible. Together, leadership and management can get the toughest projects, missions and strategies done.
Delegate don’t abdicate, and then follow up, follow up, follow up. With everything that you do, ask yourself if there’s someone else who could, or should, be doing this instead.
Whether you are growing or reorganizing, building your first company or your tenth, when working with people you’ll get their and your best performance by modeling leadership and fostering trust, alignment and clear communication.
When companies struggle to do better, it always comes down to the interactions that people are having. Whether it’s the stuff that’s easy to measure because the metrics are crystal clear, like sales, gross profit and overhead, or the stuff that’s harder to measure, like satisfaction and teamwork, it always comes down to people doing something with other people. If you think your team or company could be doing better, it probably can. And it probably starts with you because you’re the one who’s here.
When we’re busy and don’t distinguish between leadership and management, we default to stronger and stronger management which can turn into a tough, exhausting micro-managed, command and control environment.
You will get results with command-and-control management only, but when you add leadership into the mix, you will exponentially advance the effectiveness of your management skills. When we say work smarter, not harder, this is the domain where that can actually happen.