In my last Insight “People are King” I spoke about the importance of creating a winning environment.
In “People are King” I said I would come back to the second part of the exercise of my course. This exercise is a follow-on from having taken participants to the point where they understand that it is others behaviours, that are making them feel the way they do.
When I am introducing my 7 Keys to Behavioural Centred Leadership course I begin with a little exercise. Before participants arrive I write two things on one page (page 1) of a flip chart and one thing on another page (page 2) then cover them up.
I ask the participants the following question “When you sit down in the evening and your partner asks you ‘how was your day’ what is your most common response”?
A leader who has knowledge, Technical Skills, Charisma and is a good communicator will have an edge but the really GREAT LEADER puts their BEHAVIOUR at the centre of their Leadership style.
I work with leaders from across the Board, from corporate to privately owned, multi national to local and I never cease to be amazed at how often the issue facing those leaders are a result of their own LEADERSHIP STYLE
Managers have a key role to play in becoming empowered.
The day to day interference of a boss who believes they know exactly what and how everything should be done is a huge cause of management stress and underperformance.
Most manager frustrations revolve around empowerment. Managers make comments like “We’re not trusted” “We are not allowed to act without instruction, “We have no authority” “We have no input to strategy”
When I ask what they have done to take the power off the boss I get blank looks and one common response.
We’re just managers, its for them to empower us!
I have news for those that believe it is for the Boss to empower them.
No Leader will empower those they do not trust. Power (responsibility) is taken by showing you are worthy.
Empowerment is in your own hands. You have to take it by demonstrating you can be trusted.
Even if the boss wants to empower you they need your help!
7 tips on how you can help YOUR BOSS to empower you.
Peter Drucker, one of the leading experts on management theory, wrote:
Because the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two—and only two—basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs.
He also wrote:
Marketing is not only much broader than selling; it is not a specialized activity at all. It encompasses the entire business. It is the whole business seen from the point of view of its final result, that is from the customer’s point of view. Concern and responsibility for marketing must therefore permeate all areas of the enterprise.