Bad managers are often weak on communication – with poor performance on employee relations. This must often be compensated with unnatural hierarchies and “tight lines”. One does not become a better leader by turning a deaf ear.
Leadership is about to listen, analyze signals and to make decisions – whether they are popular or not. But the definitive answer for leadership does not exist. Management is also situation-oriented. The leader must deal with a story, an environment, a culture, individuals, its place in the “life cycle”, the market and much more. Being a good leader, requires expertise in a wide variety of disciplines. Not least, psychology and sociology.
We see many thoughts, theories and concepts related to management. Dear child apparently has many names. No matter what we call field of management, the management is a balancing act that involves many audiences. One should relate to a board, to other management and employees. Yes, let’s call it for internal communications. But one should also relate to external audiences. Be could be customers, potential customers, parters, owners and shareholders, regulators, journalists, and more.
Being a leader is so that one must master many disciplines, one must be both broad and deep. And you have to continuous speeding up and braking down. It is a great achievement to be a good leader.
Modern management is not only about involvement. One must care about people to get them to perform. And the staff must be very much feel they are listened to. The leader must be real – those who only play a role is in fact quickly discovered – and then threw out the door.
I work in IT-industry, and we work in a tremendous pace. Then the leader must also show willingness to change with an equally high speed. If not – it’s over and out.
Among the requirements is that the leader must be involved and receptive – and make their decisions based on a totality of ideas, arguments and values. Then it is important to listen to his subordinates, involving them in decisions and the courage to put the hierarchy aside for the best ideas.
It is also true that the strongest communities often employ the brightest minds. These are people with a commitment and that largely wants to have influence on their everyday life and its development. Modern leaders also attracts the best resources. They both courage and ability to hire the best people. The receptive and dynamic leader will both develop the company, employees and themselves. I believe it is this that gives companies and organizations progress and success.
The smartest leaders treat the employees as enthusiastic, intelligent and independent people. They are involved and they are strong enough to take decisions based on good processes.
Good management requires insight into the people and the courage to get involved, and that is what I feel I’m experiencing as Columbus IT Norway consultant. If you have a bright mind on ERP and Dynamics AX and to want to experience true leadership I encourage you to contact us.