Wally Adamchik asked:
Leader, manager, foreman, boss…. These titles (and others) describe people who are responsible for getting a job done by directing others. The key point to remember is more than one worker must be involved in the effort for the project to be completed correctly. Therefore, the leader must be able to successfully guide each participating individual through his or her part in the process.
Often, the person in this leadership position has been recently promoted into it because of his or her proficiency at the task he or she is supervising. For example, a skilled, efficient carpenter who has provided quality work to clients and been an asset to the company is one day made Foreman. He will now supervise three other carpenters. No big deal, as he generally works alongside them anyway, setting the pace and taking immediate corrective action if one of his crew members make a mistake.
Or, consider the accounting supervisor who is known for her attention to detail. Nothing got by her when she was a clerk, and now, nothing gets by her as a supervisor. Why? Because she scrutinizes every keystroke her team makes. This in essences virtually replicates their work. If she needs to work extra hours every day to do this, she will to ensure everything is perfect.
Getting the Job Done
These new leaders are often cited for their ability to “make it happen.” They direct their employees under the premise that close supervision is the key to success. But what happens when their promoted again, and must oversee several teams?
These leaders try to repeat earlier successes, but simply cannot be in three places at once. When they visit their teams, they jump in to show “the right way to do it.” The work gets finished correctly and the company is happy. The crew, however, may not be.
The fundamental problem is that these leaders, new to supervisory positions, fail to recognize they are no longer paid to do the work.They are now paid to see that others do the work. By jumping in and “helping,” they fail to exercise guidance. And that brings trouble.
4 Bad Things That Can Happen If You Donâ€™t Lead By Guiding:
â€¢ Poor morale: Most people want to do a good job and embrace the opportunity to make a contribution within their company. When bosses fix subordinatesâ€™ mistakes, they send the message that their employees are not capable of completing the work. When they follow behind, checking closely for errors, these leaders are saying they doesnâ€™t trust their employees.
â€¢ Lack of training for subordinates: Crew members canâ€™t advance their knowledge or skill-level if their supervisor smoothes over every incongruity. Even though leaders want projects to be flawless, they must learn to step back and let their team learn how to handle problems for themselves.
â€¢ New leaders failing to meet responsibilities: Anxiety about their teamâ€™s performance can distract new leaders from those tasks for which he must answer directly. Many new leaders waste valuable time double-checking work thatâ€™s already done, while trying to tackle their own neglected inbox. The continuous combination of stress and long hours leads to exhaustion.
â€¢ Lack of growth potential: Some leaders mistakenly believe that, by not developing their subordinates, they maintain job security. In reality, all they do is hurt the company and themselves. Here are 3 Easy Things You Need to Overcome Poor Leadership Problems In Your Organization:
â€¢ Clear, concise job descriptions that lead to no surprises for you or them
â€¢ Solid leadership from those overseeing the supervisor
â€¢ Training in time management, delegation, and profitability
Final Leadership Thoughts
So, if you are the best in your company at the work you do, let yourself get bad at it. If you are in charge of a team, your goal is to help them get better at what they do, not to do it better than they can.
Today, the pace of change is rapid and businesses need to run smoothly to succeed. Line employees must produce. Supervisors must oversee the production of line employees. Senior leadership must do all they can to make sure these two groups have the right training and resources to do their jobs to their fullest potential.