Gimme Five: Management Absolutes

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Aug 18th, 2010

For new and seasoned managers alike, it can be difficult to nail down the formula for management success. Hopefully, you already have ideas about what it takes to be a good manager and leader.

If not, I’d like to share with you what, in my experience, are the five “absolutes” of a good leader. A few of these will come easily and others will not. For instance, the third absolute, “Develop Your People” can only be achieved if your people believe in you as their leader. All five absolutes focus on your intergrity and strength of character. If you are lacking in these areas, you will have a difficult time developing your employees.

    Set clear goals: Ideally, the goals you set for your employees should mirror the company’s goals and strategic plan.

    Create structure: Have a definite structure in your department regarding the division of work. Employees shouldn’t have to wonder what their day to day office responsibilities are.

    Develop your people: This goes without saying. Your department will not grow if your employees don’t.

    Motivate your employees: Be careful to remember that motivation is fleeting; purpose endures. Tether motivation to purpose for a lasting effect.

    Measure your achievements: Find reliable metrics to measure your departments progress. Communicate the measurements to your department and your leader on a regular basis.

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