On June 28th, 2021 Einblau & Associates hosted a Discussion Session for managers and leaders to talk about “Moving from Burnout to Hope: Build Resilience and Positive Impact for Yourself and Your Employees”.
Soft skills are Essential. Hard to Master - Invaluable for Successful Leadership It’s a classic performance issue. You hire a superstar for a management role: the top in their class, the best sales performer ever, the smartest (IQ-wise) in the pack. Then, the superstar becomes a member of your management team and you’ve got a disaster on your hands.
Ever notice that cartoons showing “the boss” depict a character with their mouth open, yelling orders? The terms “leader and boss” are often treated as interchangeable in casual conversations. “My boss told me this…”, “We’re working on a new project that the boss assigned the team.” But when you pick apart the implications behind the words and apply them to the workplace, there are leadership lessons to be learned when comparing the attributes of leadership versus just being “a boss”.
Reflect for a moment on the best leaders you’ve experienced, perhaps as a boss, a director, a CEO or manager. What did you admire the most? What about their styles of leadership that actually made the time you spent at work feel worthwhile, even inspiring? Great leaders can inspire political and social change (think Kamala Harris) or environmental responsibility (think Canadian industry leader, Annette Verschuren).
Had fun writing this article. There's lots of info on what leaders "should do", I decided instead to revisit some of the hard lessons I learned along the way, lessons that are strong motivators for change.