Monday, March 26, 2007

How can I develop leadership qualities in my personality?

Q. I am a manager in a cement company but sometimes I feel I am not doing up to my potential, I feel either my behavior is too friendly for my subordinate or sometimes it is too hostile, I am in a fix, how to tackle such situation?

A. Because you are already sensitive to this tension between friendship and hostility, you are ready to make changes.

Reflect on your relationships inside and outside of work. Identify the differences in behaviors when you are leading, managing and "friending." Recall what you feel like in each case. (You can also consider the behaviors of people who are leading, managing and "friending" you.)

Remember these distinctions at work. Choose a behavior according to what you want to achieve with the other person and then use your feelings to guide you.

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