what makes great leaders

the foundational management skills

If you want to be a great boss to get ahead in your career or simply get more from your employees with less effort. Then look at what great leaders do and copy what they do. Sometimes that’s a bit tricky. Because, management styles vary, from the positivity of Richard Branson to the sharp criticism of Steve Jobs. These leaders seem different but the secret is that they actually do the same things. But they just have different ways of doing it. This module covers the essential management skills that all great leaders have.

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Boss Camp will show you how to improve employee performance by showing you what they never taught you in school. the program includes topics such as:

  • How to motivate employees
  • What are bad employee motivators
  • What you must do as a manager but isn't on your job description
  • How leaders get power
  • Management techniques that don't take time

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What makes great leaders? The Foundational Management Skills

If you want to be a great boss to get ahead in your career or simply get more from your employees with less effort. Then look at what great leaders do and copy what they do. Sometimes that’s a bit tricky. Because, management styles vary, from the positivity of Richard Branson to the sharp criticism of Steve Jobs. These leaders seem different but the secret is that they actually do the same things. But they just have different ways of doing it. First they find the best employees that they can for the job. And then:

  1. Great leaders build great working relationships and communications with their employees. Sure Jobs didn’t have great personal relationships with his employees. But you can be sure that they respected him and listened to him

  2. Great leaders set high expectations and encourage improvement. By using performance feedback. Branson has a positive style where Steve had a critical style.

  3. Great leaders push their employees to learn and to grow and

  4. Great leaders increase the utilization of the team by delegating tasks to their employees

In other words Relationships, Feedback, Development and Delegation are essential management skills. And this is why I call them the four Cornerstone Manager Skills.

In management, It’s not just what you do, it’s the way you do it

But it’s not just what great leaders do – it’s that they are good at it. Just like a technical job requires a skill set, how well your employees perform is determined by how well you perform these skills:

  • Hire the wrong staff and everything else will be difficult.

  • If you have bad relationships and communications, your employees won’t respect you or do what you ask

  • If your employees aren’t pushed to perform or have their negative behaviours corrected, then performance will deteriorate

  • If your employees don’t learn and grow, you will be beaten by your competitors

  • If you don’t delegate enough, you’ll drown under a massive workload while your employees are under utilized

Great leaders multiply their power

Great leaders know that achieving great things means working through people. Because improving the performance of your team by 10% is worth a lot more than improving your own performance by 10%.

But managing is difficult

But getting people to do what you want is difficult. And if you’re like me then no-one taught you how to manage your employees. Even though I studied a professional business qualification and did a 4-year traineeship in an accounting firm. Maybe if you’re lucky you’ve had leadership training. Learning about vision and values is great stuff but doesn’t help with the day-to-day problems that the typical manager faces. Only I will tell you the exact words and actions to use to motivate your employees and to get them to do what you want.  I do this with separate topics on Relationships, Feedback, Employee Development and Delegation.

What is Effective Delegation?

This topic is about delegation. A significant responsibility of managers is to delegate work to their employees. This is why effective delegation is so important. Working with managers I find that either managers don’t delegate enough. Or when they do delegate they have negative experiences and so stop delegating. Effective delegation is delegating in a way so that your employees do a great job. What I will show you is how to work out what to delegate and how to get fantastic delegation outcomes.

What else makes a great leader?

What makes managing people so frustrating is that you find something that works with one person and then it doesn’t work with someone else. The temptation is to blame the person. But people are different and what works with one person doesn’t work with the next. Great leaders also:

  1. Understand how people are different and

  2. They know how to adapt their management style.

Whether this is by: matching the right personality to the job; adapting their communication style or using different motivational factors. To adapt your management style, I recommend the DISC behavior model. Because it’s simple enough to apply but it’s powerful and scientifically validated. I show you how to do this in the DISC topics.

In conclusion

Being a manager is one of the most difficult jobs but we can copy what great leaders do.  Most of us would like to think that we are born with great leaderships skills but the reality is that we aren’t because it’s incredibly difficult to get people to do what you want. The good news is that manager skills can be learnt. The essential manager skills are the four cornerstones: 1. Build relationships and communications, 2. Performance Feedback, 3. Employee Development and 4. Effective Delegation. Get good at these practical skills and your employee performance will fly.