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The 10 Golden Rules of Effective Management
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There is a need for more collaboration and co-operation and the need to establish agile teams that can respond to rapidly changing circumstances that business find itself in. A team is defined as simply as a group of individuals united in pursuit of a common mission or goal, often sacrificing personal agendas for the sake of team accomplishment. It is the fact that the group have a common mission that makes them a team. Furthermore teamwork builds trust and trust build speed which decreases costs and profitability.
Having led and also been a part of many teams during my lifetime I believe that there are 5 essential habits that any team must have to be highly effective and successful. Leadership is no longer the bastion of just those at the top and everyone within the team needs to be a leader of sorts. Increasingly, if we look to the natural world teams often contain two leaders who work harmoniously together for the good of the team.
Take a herd of wild horses for example. At the front is the lead mare who sets the pace and direction that the herd will take whilst at the rear of the herd is a stallion who drives momentum from behind and matches the pace set by the leader. From this position they can immediately see what is happening and course correct as needed. Teams work best in a compelling context when they have a shared vision.
The more urgent and meaningful the rationale for the team the more likely it is to live up to its performance potential. This is summed up well by John F.
The 10 Golden Rules of Effective Management
You can put the best group of people together but unless they are united behind a shared purpose it is likely that they will just spin around, never achieving their potential or your business goals. Naturally of course the team goal needs to be aligned to the organisational goal for maximum impact. I remember when I was volunteering at an Elephant Human Relations Aid EHRA in Namibia that the purpose of the organisation was to reduce conflict on the ground between elephants and humans.
When the group of volunteers went out into the bush our goal was to build strong stone walls around the water wells to protect the water wells from destruction by the elephants and so mitigate any conflict between the locals and the elephants. Our specific goal was to build the stone walls but the reason we were doing it was aligned to the purpose of the company.
They Stay Laser Focused
For teams to be effective everyone needs to feel heard and be able to express an opinion. Great leaders are genuinely concerned for the health and welfare of the people who make up their organizations. They guide their people through challenges, always on the lookout for solutions to foster long-term success. When you help a top employee come up with a modified work schedule to help him get through personal challenges with his marriage, and you don't burden others in the process, you're being supportive of both your employee and your organization.
Leaders develop a unique sense of professionalism about their image, their actions, and their communication. They conduct themselves in a way that sets them apart from their employees, yet, in spite of this separation, they still draw respect and admiration from them. To distinguish yourself as a manager, lead by example. Dress professionally, be knowledgeable about your entire organization, and when you speak, speak intelligently. When you've cultivated your own managerial image and become comfortable with it, you'll know, because you'll walk the walk and talk the talk of a manager without feeling self-conscious about it.
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Leaders take responsibility for their people's performance. When things are going well, they praise efforts publicly. When things require attention or blocking issues arise, they find ways to fix things quickly and get things back on track. When you can do this without singling out people for errors, or assigning blame to others to avoid taking responsibility yourself, you're being a responsible leader.
Passionate leaders are a source of GO. They seem to invigorate others easily, and they enthusiastically dive into most things with calculated recklessness. Your optimism, if genuine, can liven up the workplace. Avoid reckless and thoughtless actions, but do look for ways to passionately stimulate and energize people and make work enjoyable for you and your team.
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