Managing & Leading For Excellence
MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN. LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT SETTING THE VISION, CREATING THE ASPIRATION AND SETTING THE DIRECTION TO CREATE A BETTER FUTURE. LEADERS KNOW THE WAY, GOES THE WAY AND SHOW THE WAY. MANAGEMENT IS ABOUT MAKING
In leading and managing, we consider the quality, characteristics and behavioural aspects of management leadership to achieve superior performance. Over the last decade, there has been too much emphasis on “hero” or “iconic” leaders, while “servant” or “management” leaders who go about achieving great results quietly are often forgotten. These humble and quiet achievers are referred to as the Level 5 leaders in Jim Collin’s book Good to Great. They go about building profitable, sustainable businesses and accomplish great results in an unassuming way. These management leaders achieve great outcomes because they have learned the “secret code of management leadership” comprising the 28 personal competency requisites and performing habits for efficient management and effective leadership. Through this mastery, they are able to enlist their superiors, fellow managers and workers to work zealously together to pursue a common mission and shared vision through planning, execution and delivery.
Many management writers have incorrectly distinguished managers as those being able to perform tasks that only deal with the efficiency of the business, and leaders as those who can undertake tasks which focus on the effectiveness of the business. However, great management leaders possess the capabilities of both an efficient manager and effective leader. Both leadership and management are symbiotic, and their effective outcome depending on the situation. Hence, management leadership is the exercise of both
High performing leaders
become successful because of the reverence and support from their team of competent
these capabilities and competencies through individual high performance within an understanding of personal, operational and strategic requirements. One characteristic of great management leaders is that they are not only good leaders but also good followers when the situation arise. If necessary, they can be just one of the team players, allowing others to assume the leadership role as they truly understand the leadership role.
TRAITS OF MANAGEMENT LEADERS
High performing leaders become successful because of the reverence and support from their team of competent managers. Outstanding management leaders always acknowledge that they stand on the shoulders of the great managers that they have. No great management leader can achieve a sustainable superior outcome on his or her own. There is now a renewed clarion call for managers to pursue and promote “management leadership” or “managership” through continuous professional development and life-long learning. The irony of business is that management leaders are not train how to be excellent managers and leaders. Many are promoted to their level of incompetence without the necessary training. In today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment, the challenge for the management leader is to master the ability to learn faster than the rate of change happening around us.