March 2, 2014 3 Comments
Leadership is a dying art in the world today. The great leaders of the past, George Washington, Winston Churchill, Alexander the Great, Martin Luther King, even Adolph Hitler, are found few-and-far between these days. There are some that have been fairly successful, like Steve Jobs for instance, that have rose to an iconic status, but have they been truly great leaders or just really successful at running something?
Often there is contention between the skills that a leader needs and what a manager needs. I believe, if you’re not a good leader, you won’t be a good manager, and if you’re not a good manager, you won’t be a good leader. It is my contention that those who apply both of these talents expertly demonstrate what I call, “LeadermentSM.” This is the expert combination of Leadership and Management together.
Two days ago, I posted a blog titled Skill Requirements for Today’s Workplace. In it, I highlighted two key personal skills of Analysis and Problem Solving. This was the primer for my new Sunday blog (LeadermentSM) to compliment my Saturday blog (Think Big, Take Small Steps). I will continue to blog in my Meandering Genius section Monday through Friday.
In this blog I will pull from experience inside and outside consulting as well as experience as a repeated business owner and nonprofit leader. Additionally, I will pull from and incorporate information additional resources and experiences much like these:
- Quality Engineer/Technician
- Program Manager
- Project Manager
- Lean/Six Sigma
- Professional in Human Resources
- Human Performance Technology
- Financial Management
- Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- Change Management
Every week I will cover a specific topic aligned to this outline listed below. I will probably jump around every week so that the blog provides value to every audience depending on where you are in this outline. See the outline below:
Becoming a better leader and manager
- LeadermentSM — Yourself
Exploring the basic building blocks to develop the “Leader Within”
- LeadermentSM — Projects
Developing skills and abilities required to lead and manage projects and things
- LeadermentSM — People
Developing skills and abilities required to lead and manage individuals
- LeadermentSM — Capabilities
Developing skills and abilities required to lead and manage programs made up of things, projects, and people
- LeadermentSM — Organizations
Developing skills and abilities required to lead and manage organizations
I hope you are as excited to start this journey as I am and watch next week for my first installment that expands on Developing the Leader Within You.
LeadermentSM is a service mark of Crosscutter Enterprises.