There's more to leadership than having a notable title and being in charge of a team. You might have the authority to manage other people, but if you're an unsuccessful leader, you won't be able to guide and inspire your employees to accomplish their goals.
The business pages of the world's newspapers are filled with stories about managers and executives who suddenly self destruct because of their lack of leadership skills. Individuals who were once considered to be successful ultimately fail, either ending up in a dead-end career or let go by their once seemingly loyal organization. This phenomenon is called derailment. Just as a train falls off of its tracks, this breakdown is never intentional, and it almost always causes considerable damage. The good news is that derailment can be predicted, and even prevented, when managers are given the right leadership skills resources.
What makes a supervisor great? While there may not be a quick and simple answer to that question, there is a certain set of skills for supervisors, that, when learned through time and exposure, make supervisors more effective.
What makes a supervisor great? While there may not be a quick and simple answer to that question, there is a certain set of skills for supervisors, that, when learned through time and exposure, make supervisors more effective. With increasing pressure being placed on supervisors to perform, organizations can’t afford a long learning curve.
Managers and leaders find themselves stuck in three vicious circles. They're frustrated by teams that have become over-dependent on them. They're overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. And, they're disconnected from their own Great Work—the work that has impact, the work that has meaning. Sound familiar?