Managing People

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You don’t manage people. You lead people. People are human beings, not things.

Let us face it. You don’t manage people, you manage things. People are not things; they are human beings with emotions. Emotions are powerful. That is what makes it really difficult to manage people.

When I hear people, managers, leaders, saying how they manage their people, it doesn’t sit well with me at all. If you want people to listen to you, to follow you, to work with you, to help you succeed, you don’t manage them, you lead them. Leading people is the only way to success.

“Leaders lead. Managers Manage.”

You lead people. You don’t manage them. You manage things. If you try to manage your people, they will not follow you. But if you show them the way forward, they will follow you to hell.

You are a leader, not a manager. Manage your things, and lead your people. People want you to lead them, not to manage them. Be a leader and a manager. You need both to be successful.  

Want Your Employees To Respect And Listen To You? Stop Doing These Five Terrible Things

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As a leader, one of your responsibilities is to create a great place to work. To do that, you need great people to be part of your organization. Great people are looking for great leaders. They want to follow great leaders.

In order to get your people to listen and respect you as a leader, you MUST stop doing these five terrible things. They are:

Stop focusing on negative things. No one is perfect. Encourage your people to do their best. Don’t criticize them. Encourage them. When you encourage them, they will do more. They will open their minds to learn. But if you focus on what they cannot do, they will resist you, and will not listen to you. Encourage them.

Stop micromanaging them. Let your people be who they really are. Stop micromanaging them. When you micromanage your people, you are not allowing them to be creative. Creativity comes from mistakes. It comes from freedom. Allow your people to make mistakes.

Stop assuming you know everything. We are better when we work together. If you want your people to listen to you, stop assuming you know everything. No one knows everything. We are all learners.

Stop promising what you don’t have. If you want your people to listen to you, always walk your talk. Don’t promise if you cannot keep it.

Stop leading by fear. Great leaders don’t lead by fear; they lead by encouragement. They lead by empowerment. They focus on the development of their people. They focus on how their people will get to where they want to be. If you want your people to do well, to enjoy their time with you, don’t lead by fear, lead by empowerment and encouragement.

Great people want to work for great leaders.

How Great Leaders Build Effective Teams

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Great leaders understand the importance of great teams. They know how to bring people together to achieve personal and organizational goals. They also know that without great teams, it will be difficult for them to succeed alone.

According to Stephen R. Covey, “Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of the others to achieve great success.”

So, how do great leaders build great teams? They do it by respecting their people, by not demanding cooperation from their people, by listening to their people, by empowering their people, by engaging their people, by challenging their people, and by rewarding their people.

If you want to get the best out of your people, don’t use force, use respect.

They also bring their people together by focusing on their strengths, not their weaknesses. They never use force to get anything from their people. They know that using force to get something from their people will not yield great results. Instead, it will lead to anger and resentment.

If you want to get the best out of your people, don’t use force, use respect.

Great Leaders Don’t Focus Too Much On Themselves. Why ?

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Great leaders don’t focus too much on themselves. Why is that?

According to Henry Kissinger, “The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been.”

That is why great leaders don’t focus too much on themselves. If they focus too much on themselves, they will forget the needs and wants of their employees and their organizations. Great leaders don’t serve themselves. They serve their people. They serve their employees and their families.

As a leader, if you want your people to respect you, don’t focus too much on yourself. That does not mean you should neglect yourself. No. That is not what I am saying. If you focus too much on yourself, you will miss the needs and wants of your employees, your organization, and your customers.

Make sure you always connect with your employees. They want you to be present. They want you to meet them where they are, and listen to them. Listen carefully to what they have to say. Don’t ignore their interests. If you do, you are setting your organization up for failure.

If you ignore your people, if you focus on yourself, they will ignore you; they will ignore your organization. Connect with your people. They will connect with you.