Jokes I can never remember. Motivational one-liners I also tend to forget. Two I remember from a leadership meeting I participated in last week: “Good leaders create followers, great leaders create new leaders”, and “What got us here, won’t get us there”. What you also hear and read a lot is the essential difference between Leaders and Managers. Generally the difference is outlined in such a way, that nobody wants to be a manager any more. Managing is for losers, leading is for winners. A very concise definition I found: “The manager’s job is to plan, organize and coordinate. The leader’s job is to inspire and motivate”. I don’t know. The distinction is very artificial, and in my view we need people who can lead and manage at the same time. I have seen various great leaders, who could have been even better if they would have been great managers as well.
What are ten management skills I would expect every leader to master?
- Listening (10,000 hours at least to get to world class level)
- Planning a meeting (that is inspiring and motivation)
- Conduct virtual meetings (with global teams)
- Giving positive feedback (and not only once)
- Asking neutral questions
- Conduct a performance review (that is inspiring and motivating)
- Setting challenging goals (for her/himself and team)
- Use social media to inspire and motivate her/ his team
- Create opportunities for talent (letting go …)
- How to control less (letting go…)
We need Managing Leaders (ML’s) everywhere, and should make sure they master Management 101.