Your mind will boggle. At least I think it will, won't it?
Of course, I don't know, but I am pretty sure that when you read this you will feel the same way I do.
"This" is a 'management tip' that I received earlier! Now I normally find this source to be high quality, high calibre input and pretty inspiring, but today I felt badly let down. Read it for yourself and form your own opinion.
"Think of management as a service you provide to the people on your team so they can get on and do the work. There are many things you provide to them, from administration to leadership, and all of it could be considered a service."
So what do you think? Is it a novel, thought-provoking concept? Or is it an insult to any self-respecting manager and leader?
After all, you do this automatically, don't you?
Certainly you should be questioning your leadership capabilities if you don't - if it is anything but a gentle reminder. Why? Because:
- The concept of the servant leader is thousands of years old. All the really great leaders in history are servant leaders who brought out the best in the people they led.
- Success is always a team effort.
And you know that and lead accordingly. Don't you?
If I am wrong, then this is a timely message. And maybe I am wrong. Maybe I have too much faith in modern management. Maybe this is a generation that continues to wander in the wilderness. Certainly the lack of employee engagement and the so-called war for talent and the growing demand for talent management suggest I may be. I hope, however, I am not and that you feel the same way!
If, however, you think I am wrong, then please, please, please, take the advice to heart and change your approach to people management. As a manager you are responsible for the performance of your people and the more you understand and practice serving your people, the less you will have to manage and the more you will lead and the greater your results and your legacy will be.