We have all worked for a poor leader or bad boss in the past. Dysfunctional leadership does exist in many organizations. There are a multitude of challenges created when leadership does not act like it should. Here in Michigan, good leaders usually mean good employees and good organizations. But it is interesting to note that at times even the most well-intentioned manager can be ineffective and imperfect in thought and action. Being human virtually ensures that fact.
The following four positive leadership strategies can truly impact your business and your organization:
- Treat everyone equally regardless of position: In most every organization, managers will like and favor some individuals over others. But there are situations when it can negatively affect morale and should be avoided. Equal is good.
- Managing with servitude in mind: Giving direction is something all leaders must do, but allowing employees to do their job, to complete tasks and focus on goals and objectives without leaning over their shoulder is important. Sometimes leading means giving people a chance to learn and grow without overt interference.
- Giving information to everyone: Of course, withholding information or releasing certain aspects of critical communication to certain individuals is never good leadership strategy when it involves everyone in the organization.
- Being prepared: Just like a Boy Scout, preparation is everything. “Winging it” can often lead to confusion and misunderstanding. It becomes very serious when a decision is made poorly and quickly without the time needed to make things right.
No one in any organization is perfect. But many variables are positively affected when leadership is doing a good job. Putting people first is important and success is what Dale Carnegie Training of Michigan is all about. Carnegie-focused objectives must be in every business environment. The best people always deserve the best leadership.
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