Broadly speaking I agree with George S Patton's famous quote, "Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."
However, I think there is an even more powerful word missing from his quote if we apply it to the world of work and careers - and the word is Simon Sinek's word "why."
Forget for a moment the job titles 'director', 'manager' and 'leader' and instead think about the meanings of the verbs to direct, to manage and to lead.
If you direct people, you tell them what to do
- and usually you don't get involved with the "why".
If you manage people you invite them to do something
- and you usually give them a bit of the "why".
If you lead people, you inspire and motivate them to do things
- and you usually give them the full version of "why".
If people truly understand "why" they need to do something, that's when you really get surprised by the amazing results they achieve.
Irrespective of your job title, aim to be a leader rather than a manager or a director!
#proteuscareermanagement #careeradvice #inspiration #careercoaching #careermentoring #personaldevelopment #motivation
I am a proactive director and business leader who is intent on providing, in the most ethical manner possible, discreet and confidential career management services to individuals. My ultimate aim, my…
Post articles and opinions on Leeds Professionals
to attract new clients and referrals. Feature in newsletters.
Join for free today and upload your articles for new contacts to read and enquire further.