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Apr 29 2012   2:30PM GMT

Leadership: It takes work

Shilpa Venkateshwaran Shilpa Venkateshwaran Profile: Shilpa Venkateshwaran

One of the biggest challenges that a lot of time new managers or leaders face is that they forget to step back from tasks and work that they are used to doing. If one was used to doing things and now have to lead others to do it one does get tempted to just jump in and do the work. Yes it might take less time to step in and do the work and yes you might feel more confident with what you do.

The important part is to teach, lead and help you employees to be successful in what they do and their success is your success. The learning curve might be short or long depending on the employee and you may have to work more time to help them. But as a manager or leader your job is not to do others work.

Separating out what you role is from what your employees should do will help understand how you can be successful.

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  • Bensimo
    Well said Shilpa. Most executives and managers don't really manage their people. They spend their time managing the work with orders, goals, targets, rules, etc. You said it well - teach, lead, and help! Want your people to be superstars and fully engaged in their work? Meet all five of their basic needs 100% and they will pay you back fantastically and far beyond what you have ever dreamt possible. Best regards, Ben Simonton [A href=""]Author "Leading People to be Highly Motivated and Committed"[/A]
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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    Thank you Ben for your note. I do agree meet their needs and they will excel and be successful and in turn make you successful too.
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