Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Leader's General

General George Smith Patton Jr.
Originally uploaded by akingslife

Ever since my days at West Point, I have admired this man.

Not the most politically correct fella, mind you, but a man's man. A leader of the finest caliber. As a leader, I have often tried to learn vicariously from the great leaders of the past. One of my favorite quotes from General Patton is:

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."

This speaks to not managing methods. Leaders manage results. Results are communicated and expectations are established for outcomes, not methods. Many people, left to their own devices, will often surprise you with their ability to "get the job done."

Today, too many managers think they know how lead because they can "brow beat" and belittle. Be a true leader. Allow people to use their wits and energy to get the job done. Don't tell them how, just tell them what you expect and ask if there is anything you can help with.

Then get the hell out of the way!

1 comment:

Peter said...

Who was the great leader who said "Salary people don't perform unless they feel pain"?