The Supermanager: A Short Story About the Secrets of an Extremely Successful Manager is an excellent little book that illustrates seven key elements of leadership.
I will teach you one principle each day. – Leon Cook
“OK,” the manager said. “Here is how this will work. I have come up with seven principles that I follow as a manager. It would be way too much to try to teach you everything in one day. Therefore, why don’t we meet every day during your lunch break beginning next Monday?”
Leon Cook is the successful fast food restaurant manager and Andrew Hernandez is his protégé. This short book is entertaining, quick to read and presents seven key leadership lessons.
- Surround yourself with high quality employees
- Train employees well
- Communicate the end result you want, then empower employees to achieve it
- Lead by example
- Listen to employees
- Praise good work
- Manage each employee differently
Each lesson is well written and relevant. Blencoe shows us how to succeed at team management. What’s more, The Supermanager has a message for both the seasoned manager and those new to leadership. Use each lesson to develop new managers or be reminded of the things you should be doing.
Good managers are an essential ingredient to any successful organisation. And an exceptionally good manager achieves a hard working, productive and effective team that will always punch above its weight. The Supermanager challenges us to put into practice each valuable leadership lesson—those we often forget—so we may realise the full potential of team and employee.
When did you last praise good work? How often do you listen to your employees? Does your team know what you expect of them? What leadership lesson will you put into practice?
The Supermanager is inspiring and a useful reminder for leaders who want to connect with their team. What’s more, this lesson in leadership is a bargain at only £1.91 ($3.00) for the Kindle Edition.
Greg Blencoe is the author of The Supermanager. He is the former CEO of the alternative energy start-up company Hydrogen Discoveries, Inc. and graduated with high honours from the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Business in 1996. He currently lives near Knoxville, Tennessee and can be reached at email@example.com.
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