“A leader is a person you will follow to a place
you wouldn’t go to by yourself.”
ARE YOU A LEADER OR A MANAGER?
Have you ever worked for a boss you had no
confidence in? One of the key trends I am
noticing is the increasing importance businesses
are placing on leadership skills.
The ability to lead and leadership skills have
always been the heart and soul of business success
from time infinitum. However, businesses tend to
follow trends and cycles. It is like employee
retention; businesses usually don’t pay attention
to retention until they have a turnover problem.
Then many times it is too late.
Many businesses are watching their key leaders
head off to retirement and discovering there are
not enough people with leadership skills to fill
all the vacancies. Complicating the situation is a
growing population of those who lack experience
and/or motivation to become leaders. In general,
there are millions of managers, but not enough
SkillSoft conducted a survey of 200 IT, sales, and
HR employees. Thirty-five percent said they do not
consider their boss to be a leader and 30 percent
of employees do not think their boss is qualified
for the job. (From Human Resource Executive
The good news is leadership skills can be taught
or coached to those who aspire to improve their
ability. Businesses need both good managers and
leaders. However, without effective leaders, the
lifespan of a business is limited.
Take a Walk in My Shoes
Once each quarter managers and directors at the
Casino Magic Hotel work a frontline position for
two hours under the employees’ direction.
Occasionally some of the managers are videotaped
doing their “job” and then both managers and
employees get together, review the videos, and
enjoy some snacks in a fun environment.
Source: 401 Proven Ways to Retain Your Best
SUGGESTED LEADERSHIP RESOURCES
Workshops and seminars
Online Management Courses and Facilitator Guides
DVD “LINCOLN ON COMMUNICATION”
This is a great video everyone should watch. It is
an outstanding tool to emphasis leadership and the
importance of communication.
This educational resource is ideal for management
training programs, the classroom—for students all
the way up to business people. Communication
experts and educators alike have acclaimed this