With so much emphasis on leadership over the last 10 years, critical management responsibilities haven taken a back seat. Proactivity, flexibility, vision, inspiration, confidence, intuition and optimism are all key characteristics of a great leader that can create a great organization.
Leaders also have the responsibility to manage.
Oftentimes, a leader (especially at higher levels of a company) will forget the role he or she plays as a manager, neglecting the 5 key critical management responsibilities:
- Coaching: Leaders must target and provide stretch opportunities to their direct reports so they can develop into strong A players.
- Holding people accountable for their performance and behaviors: Leaders often say they don’t have time for this, yet it only requires a 30 second direct conversation.
- Managing performance: Stating clear expectations for tasks, results and projects required and taking the time to follow-up on agreed upon expectations.
- Giving positive and constructive feedback: Having the difficult feedback conversation when necessary.
- Decision making: Knowing when to step in to “tell” an individual or team what the answer is (or what to do) rather than gain consensus or allow people to flounder.
Great leadership is required to take companies to new heights. Leaders must understand (and remember) the importance they play in their role as a manager.