The experience of managing or leading others comes from one of two ways. One approach is through the pursuit of a formal education. Another technique but more arduous occurs from on the job training.
Even so, there are actions you can take to hasten your development and acquire this knowledge. Taking action to acquire the experience of managing or leading others allows you to be in a position for career advancement or earn more money.
There are a variety of source you can ask to increase your knowledge base. You can pose questions here that we would be happy to answer to the best of our ability. Ask a friend or colleague. This might be challenging if you will eventually be overseeing their performance. Turn to an individual in another department of the organization.
Inspiration can come from all around us. I have used inspiration from movies and music. The great thing about these sources is that they are fairly quick. This is especially true when you don’t watch the movie in its entirety for example. I have found the chapter guide useful for this.
Another tool is the use of games. I find that strategy games can be helpful in activating the mind in a playful manner. Once the mind is active, I can think about using resources in the best method.
Take time to clear your mind. Ask yourself what am I trying to achieve? If you want to find success, you have to start by knowing yourself. By helping yourself, you will be able to assist others.
Successful leadership depends on the capacity to influence and inspire others to take action. For this to occur you must engage your followers in the vision you set. Engagement and empowerment encourage followers to strive for the goals before them.
Engage others by discovering internal motivators of your followers. Use this knowledge to motivate them to increase their performance.
Managers serve many purposes all of which are interconnected. One responsibility of managers is to assign jobs to individuals. After assigning jobs, they have a variety of other responsibilities they must perform depending on the situation.
Some of these jobs may be difficult or new the individual performing the work. This type of situation requires that managers act as coaches helping individuals feel as though they are in control and capable of performing these duties.
Others may be able to execute the task but lack the motivation. They scenario demands that managers understand the key drivers of those they oversee. Having a basic understanding of team members allows managers to encourage workers. Managers connect the dots for others helping them to see the value of their contributions.
Having coached workers and provided appropriate motivation, managers need to hold workers accountable. This requires managers to follow up and ensure tasks are completed and certain standards are upheld.
The experience of managing or leading others is the result of investing your time. You can invest your time through a formal education. The other option is on the job training. Having gained experience in management and leadership, you are more apt to find success in their application. By learning to coach, motivate, and hold others accountable you will begin to benefit from these skills.
David Moriarty writes about leadership, life purpose, and cancer recovery. He is a teacher who works with youth. Previously he overcame his battle with cancer. Currently he is pursuing a degree in leadership.
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