The one thing that hits me is first and foremost is that people try to Manage People and not lead them. True leadership helps the people understand why they are doing things and gets them to do what is needed while they think it was their idea. Screaming and yelling is not needed in most cases.
There is an old adage that says a plan lives about as long as it took to put the plan together. If you spend a long time making everyone understand and coordinate the plan well it will survive for a longer period. Leaders understand that things change once the bullets start flying and encourage subordinates to learn how to change and adapt. These managers that cling to a plan and operating procedure in spite of the failure are the one's moist likely to fail in the long run. This is the biggest failing in Total Quality Management as it stressed adherance to the process and is way too cumbersome to make changes.
I am thinking about having the leadership training as a symposium and developing talking points or discussion points using some of the great leaders as the place to start. Here are some points:
- Leaders Lead People and Managers manage things. (Dennis Petty)
- Management isn't a bad thing.
- A Journey of a 1000 miles is best taken by the enemy. Let the battle come to you rather than go there to fight on his ground.
- Attack the enemy where he isn't the strongest.
- Praise in Public and Punish in private.
More on this in later posts. Tell me about your worst boss and your best. 4180