A good manager gives direction, while a good leader explains the why behind his/her directions.
As our two uniquely different generations merge in the workplace and we continue to find a way for us to work together, it is important to remember to explain the why when delegating, explaining strategies, and implementing visions. This is necessary for a few reasons:
It leaves no questions unanswered
It cultivates leadership by encouraging those who are following to understand a leader’s thought process behind decisions
It allows for more open questioning of the vision/plan/delegation by detailing the thought process leading up to the decision
It allows others to focus on accomplishing the task instead of being distracted by questioning why the task was assigned
Explaining the why is important when it comes to managing and dealing with internal issues and addressing external forces on a business. Sometimes, explaining the why simply means saying that it’s the right thing to do- successful leaders do have intuition. The most successful managers can even relate the why back to an experience they had for the more visual learners amongst us. Thoughts?
It’s that time of year when I get about 2-3 weekly requests to meet for “coffee” with current students or recent grads who want to get into venture capital. I’ve found myself giving the same advice time and time again (as have others), so I decided to write a quick post with a few words of…
This is a result of my 2012 Resolution. Why not? I’ve written a few blogs in the past, but none of them lived past college. I figured I’ve learned at least a little bit since then, and why not share it?
Professionally, I work in Business Development for an IT Services company specializing in Human Capital. You can usually find me reading about technology, venture capital, social media, clean tech, business intelligence, management, sales/marketing, and the occasional College Humor post. On the side, I’m a passionate fan of music, avid enthusiast of the outdoors (especially wake surfing, mountain biking, and snowboarding), and college football fan. Expect to see a little bit of everything…
Looking forward to a new outlet for analysis, Dustin