As leaders in the workplace – managing people – we are all faced with the same problems. Some people we manage are more motivated than others. Some are highly committed and others are not…we aren’t innovative enough to keep up with competitors or market shifts…or we lose top talent and don’t know how to cultivate more.
One thing is certain, none of us want to intentionally cause problems, kill talent or squash performance of the people we lead. But as well intentioned as we are, many of us do exactly that without knowing it.
This causes us to struggle with people…and we begin to think perhaps some just aren’t as motivated and committed to doing a great job every day. Yes, some people we hired or inherited are in the wrong position and can’t be coached to improve, but the majority? The majority of people do want to excel and indeed can be led to do so.
What is tripping up and hindering most managers, from front-line-manager on up to executive level?
A general misunderstanding of leadership.
This means you do things from time to time that you shouldn’t be doing when managing/leading your people. And you don’t do the things you really should be doing to obtain stellar performance from almost all people.
We mean stellar! Think Apple’s Steve Jobs. Or Virgin’s Richard Branson.
So then, what you don’t know about leadership might be killing you…your leadership impact…your growth and earning potential…and/or parts of your business.
In this mini-series, we clear up the 6 most common and critical misconceptions about leadership, so you don’t get tripped up:
When we clear away the misconceptions, you’ll lead from a much stronger and capable position. Read all six and make small shifts accordingly to start realizing big gains.
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Bennet Simonton, Capt. US Navy (Ret) and author of Leading People to Be Highly Motivated and Committed, managed people for over 30 years and effected four successful turnarounds including a nuclear-powered cruiser and a 1,300 person unionized group. Ben now helps executives and managers to improve their leadership skills to affect the change they desire.