Previous to my current career, I was in leadership. I say I was in leadership, but the official title ranged anywhere from Supervisor to Manager. I am not a big fan of these titles, as they do not scream leadership to me. Leading people is more about heartbeats than they are about head counts. Supervisors supervise, managers manage, and leaders lead.
Here is another post from 2017 about a situation I could not avoid a few years earlier and how I handled it. Sometimes, as a leader, you have to make choices to do the right thing, despite what others may think of you. This was the most difficult scenario that I faced in a leadership position.
Trust is a big deal in leadership. I know that is not a great revelation, or at least, shouldn’t be. If you have the trust of those who are in your care, they are more likely to execute on your directives. It goes deeper than that however. Management above you must also have the trust of their employees in order to create a culture of success.
Continuing thoughts I wrote in 2017 about managing. The word manager itself suggests we only look at numbers and not people. In my experience, looking simply at measure and not the human is a serious mistake.
Known for his “hilarious hijinks” and poor leadership, Michael Scott is the fictional boss in the popular sitcom “The Office.” No longer on television, I was digging though old episodes on Netflix, when I ran across an episode, I have seen numerous times, entitled: “Business School.”