We’re talking about leadership and management of course.
It’s not for everyone. It’s not an easy role to have.
I remember when Ross was promoted to the Site Supervisor’s role. He had no idea how to lead and manage his team.
He did what most new leaders and managers do. He treated his team the way he had been treated in the past.
Working in male dominated heavy industry, he yelled a lot. He swore a lot and he was passive aggressive.
He hadn’t had any training and he would come home to me and tell me about his day.
I would cringe listening to him as he recounted the events of the day and how he treated his team.
I did my best to counsel him and mentor him.
I also strongly suggested that he join my next Leading Yourself and Leading Others Experience, which to his credit, he did.
In fact, he has been a participant in 4 of the experiences as well as assisting me in many many more.
The change in him was amazing. He stopped swearing and yelling.
He invested the time to get to know his people. He stood up for them to higher management when needed.
The result. He created a very loyal, very productive and harmonious team.
At Christmas one year they had more work than they had workers and Ross facilitated a team meeting where they collectively created a plan for getting the work done. No surprises they all got to finish at midday Christmas Eve and got to enjoy the holiday period.
Being a leader isn’t easy and it doesn’t come naturally for most.
Leadership skills are skills you can learn and I’m excited to announce that the winner for our 11th year of Weekly Thoughts, and a participant in our next Leading Yourself and Leading Others Experience in Newcastle is Annie D.
Congratulations Annie and congratulations to all the entrants. It was a tough decision.
Remember, if it was easy, everyone would do it.
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