There’s a range of blogs, websites and books devoted to effective management and to spend time reading through them could mean you're actually dedicating less time to managng your staff! This article looks at some of the fundamentals you need to think about with regards to managing your staff effectively.
The short answer is yes.
Management is more about operational practices, the day to day co-ordinating, planning and controlling of the business activities. Leadership is about motivating and inspiring the workforce to gain buy-in to the organisations goals and vision.
Some might say that traditionally managers are more focused on the task, on the processes, practices and actions that need to be taken, whereas leaders are more focused on the people that need to make those tasks happen.
The reality is, in a small business management and leadership is often undertaken by the same person and therefore skills in both areas need to be mastered.
Your approach to management and in particular leadership should be very context driven and should depend on four things:
It’s therefore more important to be able to adapt your approach than it is to take one specific one and apply it constantly. Watch the following video to find out more.
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