Leadership is most often associated with a dynamic and motivational style. However, you can achieve the same effect through a more reserved or conservative style.
Great leadership is primarily
If you have a
Enabling your workforce means giving them the resources, motivation, and direction to complete their projects and
Enabling can take many forms. It can be as simple as making sure that the physical resources for a job are in place. If you are a programmer, ensuring that you have the programming tools to get the job done is part of enabling. If you are an engineer or technician, ensuring that you have the equipment necessary to work and succeed is part of enabling.
Enabling can mean giving the appropriate amount of leeway to allow
Enabling also takes the form of project ownership. Turning over projects to staff membersallowing them to create and innovateis key to effective management.
When I worked for a large law firm, I was privileged to see an
In the short conversation that followed, he identified those who had good ideas and teamed them up. These people were then assigned the project. He would request a list of resources or tools to complete the jobidentifying those that were not already in our toolkits. He would then ensure that those tools were quickly located and purchased. At that point, ownershipsuccess and failurewas the responsibility of the team.
This manager expected results and typically got them. Once, he asked if I could deliver on a given project in the time frame the attorney needed. I
He replied, "I didn't ask if you thought you could do it. I'm about to stick my neck on the line and say that it will be done. Can you do it?"
I answered that I could, and he made sure that I had a laptop and the necessary software before the day had ended.
If you are to succeed as a manager, you must be comfortable with the idea of turning projects over to your staff. You must be effective at gauging your employees' skills so that you can mitigate risk of failure, but you must also allow for some growthforcing employees to stretch their
Process and Time Management
Process and time management are also critical for the manager.
Some of my peers might tell you that I cover this topic in theory only. There is truth to that. In particular, time management is my Achilles heel. For that reason, I have to
If you have problems meeting deadlines or keeping track of significant project or work milestones, you might need some remedial help in this area.
This goes beyond writing things down on sticky notes or on the back of your hand. Time is our most precious commodityand it is a commodity that we can only spend. You cannot save time or bank it. You must master its use.
Following are some ideas that I have found critical regarding time management: