This week Wally Bock’s Three Star Leadership blog alerted us of an ill-advised and patently wrong article in the Wall Street Journal. How to Be a Better Boss in 2013 is written for self-serving managers who coerce employees, cultivate a culture of dishonesty and undermine trust.
So forget about practising “the hard stuff” or learning “to be annoying” and take advice from those who know how to be a good manager. Don’t be fooled. “Powers of persuasion” takes you down a road to ruin: loss of trust. And “Ban ‘Reply to all'” is simply laughable.
How to Be a Good Manager
A good manager is best when people barely know that he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him. – Lao Tzu
Wally has good advice in his blog. Here’s my take on how to be a good manager—
A good manager knows the value of his employees and makes good use of their skills. Don’t try to do it all yourself! Empower, motivate, and delegate.
However, make it clear what is expected and keep your team fully informed. Don’t expect people to perform well if they’re not kept abreast of your current and future plans.
Finally, promote the work of your team, show an interest in what they are doing, and acknowledge the job they do.
Have Your Say
Have you read How to Be a Better Boss? Do you think it’s good advice? What are your thoughts on how to be a better manager? Please join the discussion.