‘When a manager gives the order to “put this nut on that bolt, at this rate,” those receiving that command can feel used and dehumanized, but the only obvious choices for them are to either comply or quit.’
This extract from the third chapter in Chuck Blakeman’s Re-HUMAN-izing The Workplace sums it up well. Although a first instinct might be to tell someone exactly what to do and how to do it to achieve a desirable outcome, it’s certainly not the best approach to take with employees. You want to get the best out of people, but the chances of getting what you require from others are much higher if you understand the fundamentals of leadership versus management.
First, you must ask yourself if you are a coach or a critic? Are you there to guide and provide direction rather than to criticize an employee, a job, or how it was done? Knowing exactly where or when to slightly let go doesn’t always come naturally, so having something that you can turn to for help can be highly beneficial.
Re-HUMAN-izing The Workplace offers different tools you can use to ensure success in your business. Understanding that ‘leaders are not managers’ but rather everyone is a leader and implementing change accordingly will be a step in the right direction for your organization. Even if your team operates like a well-oiled machine, it’s important to remember that they are all still complex beings, and giving your best will, in turn, provide the best results.