How does a leader avoid becoming a micro-manager? How can a leader keep himself or herself from being caught up in the various details of running a business. Here are seven characteristics that Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan say are essential behaviors that form the first building block in getting things done. (Execution, The Discipline of Getting Things Done)
- Know your people and your business.
- Insist on realism.
- Set clear goals and priorities.
- Follow through.
- Reward the doers.
- Expand people’s capabilities.
- Know yourself.
How can you develop these qualities? There are many seminars and books that can help in developing these seven characteristics however, the best learning takes place by paying attention to experience.
“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.” — Max DePree
“Four rules of leadership in a free legislative body: First, no matter how hard-fought the issue, never get personal. Don’t say or do anything that may come back to haunt you on another issue, another day….Second, do your homework. You can’t lead without knowing what you’re talking about….Third, the American legislative process is one of give and take. Use your power as a leader to persuade, not intimidate….Fourth, be considerate of the needs of your colleagues, even if they’re at the bottom of the totem pole….” — George Bush
“Speak Softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” — Theodore Roosevelt
“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” — Stephen R. Covey
“Authority should be seen as a part of leadership, not as a way around it.” — Michael McKinney
“He who has great power should use it lightly.” — Seneca
“How do you know you have won? When the energy is coming the other way and when your people are visibly growing individually and as a group.” — Sir John Harvey-Jones
“He makes a great mistake … who supposes that authority is firmer or better established when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection.” — Terence
“The leader must know, must know that he knows, and must be able to make it abundantly clear to those around him that he knows.” — Clarence Randall
“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” — Ken Kesey