6 Things Great Leaders Do Differently

Dwight Mihalicz,

Leaders must manage and managers must lead. Managers become great leaders because there’s something in their approach, attitude, and process that is unique and sets them apart from the average. But what are these specific traits? Are they naturally born with them? Have they developed them over time? Or did they have an amazing mentor that guided them to greatness?

When it comes to excellent leaders, it could be any one of those things or all of them. And when you hear the success stories of today’s most inspirational leaders, you come to realize that they all have certain things in common.

3 Steps to Turn Good Managers Into Great Leaders

Dwight Mihalicz,

The terms manager and leader are often mistakenly used as if they are two different roles. This couldn’t be further from the truth! All managers must lead and all leaders must manage. But just because someone has been appointed to be a manager, does not mean that person can lead. Not all managers are natural-born leaders.

Being a manager is a role you have earned based on skill and training while being a leader has more to do with your level of influence. A great leader has the power to empower their team and encourages the team to grow and learn.

Because your organization will benefit most from managers who are also great leaders, you should work towards helping your managers to be great managers and great leaders as well. Here’s how:

Your Recipe for Personal Success

Dwight Mihalicz,

In my career I have met and talked with thousands of managers. I cannot recall one single instance where the manager didn’t want to do well. Sure, amongst the energy and enthusiasm there was some cynicism, some discouragement, even some dismay. But always at the heart of even discontented managers was a desire to be successful, and the negative stuff came from the impossible situations that their organizations had put them in.

Success is therefore very situational. It means different things to different people. And to the same person it may mean different things at different times. 

Effective Managers™ comes at this from a systems approach. How can we in organization do things better? But it is humans who operate the systems, and we need to also think about what success means to us, and how we can use that personal success to then help our team members be successful.

It’s Not about Work – or Life – It’s About You

Dwight Mihalicz,

What does the term work-life balance really mean? Surely work is part of life, and if so, how do you balance a part with the whole? Certainly, it isn’t good for work to dominate one’s life, but a balance in one’s life can’t only be about work.

So I really perked up when I recently saw an image similar to this one on a slide at a conference. I had just finished facilitating a 2 1/2 day workshop for the Chair of a holding group and the CEOs of his companies. At the end of the workshop, he did a session with his people, and used a slide with an image similar to this one. Although the chair was talking in another language, I was intrigued and, after the session, asked for some interpretation from one of the CEOs.

Two Mistakes You Can Make in the Delegation of Work

Dwight Mihalicz,

It’s understandable when founders have a difficult time letting go of the reigns. But at some point, they realize they must start assigning tasks to other people as the demands of their business grow. They simply can’t do it all!

The same is true for CEOs in established organizations. In fact, it is true for all managers who struggle with entrusting critical tasks to others.

The reality is that leadership cannot perform all the tasks within an organization themselves no matter how determined they are or convinced that they are the best person for the job.

For organizations to succeed and progress, whether large or small, all managers need to learn how to delegate effectively. Through delegation, managers are able to divide the work and allocate to subordinates, reducing their workload and allowing them to focus on their individual value-added work. 

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