I thought this post would be easy. It hasn’t been.
Educational – yes. Easy – no.
The idea was a fun list of the really good things I have seen managers do over the years, excluding functional stuff like business plans, strategy development and budgets.
The problem was – I had to think long and hard.
The conclusion is a little sad.
• I don’t recognise the good things or
• There are not enough good things happening
I suspect the answer is a bit of both
However here are some of the good things which come to mind (in all cases without sufficient examples!):
• Celebrating the success of others
• Promoting a bright and promising future for everyone
• Building and supporting talent
• Recognising people issues and dealing with them immediately
• Fighting for the right training for the right staff
• Not defending the indefensible
• Taking appropriate ownership of problems
• Demonstrating a sense of humour
• Demonstrating humility
• Admitting wrongdoing
• Allowing others to be wrong
• Supporting ‘failures’
• Advancing others
• Employing people better than them
• Promoting change not building fortresses
• Talking with and being accessible to all employees
• Being human
• Growing leaders
• Putting the big stick away
• Being loyal to their employees
• Delegating well
• Putting themselves in the line of fire
• Opening up new opportunities
• Being visionary
• Being patient
• Being impatient
What great moments can you think of, or what attributes would you add to the list?
What good things or great things would your ideal leader do? (On that point it is amazing how few ‘leaders’ give stuff away free via blogs like this – though here is one I was directed to a few days ago Ask Brian Martin)