There’s often a miscommunication when it comes to management and leadership. In our classes, I teach that we manage processes and lead people.
You do not “manage” people.
But leadership is not a linear process. It is, like sales, a series of relationships. Leadership has to be flexible enough to match the people following that leader. In order to become effective leaders, we must ask ourselves a series of questions:
- Am I providing balanced supervision? (Not too much, not too little.)
- Am I engaging in two-way communication?
- Do I support my people?
- Do I facilitate self-reliance and independence in my employees?
- Do I create an environment in which employees can develop?
These questions provide only a part of the picture of leadership, of course. But they are a starting point.
When you lead people, you have to spend time on self-reflection. You have to study your methods and your relationships.
How do you lead?
The time is now.