Interesting quote recently from Brian Tracy. He quoted Kenneth Blanchard, “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”

I’ve read this before said other ways, but it always gets back to the theme that the dictatorial manager won’t get the results they want by bullying or badgering to get things done “their way”.

My generation was raised by people fresh out of WWII. The military way of life was drilled into my father and other men of his generation. They figured they won the war with it so it should work for business as well. It did for many years, but today’s younger generation does not respond well to that method of management.

Now, there are some issues where the owner of a company has every right to set the standard. The question is how that standard is set and communicated.

If your staff is not getting things done the way you want them done, you might want to ask someone you trust to give you feedback on your management style. A word of caution. If they tell you that you need to make some changes, then you probably need to make some changes. That can be a tough pill to swallow. I have heard more than one owner declare, “It is my company and if they want to work here, they will do it or else.” That’s fine – if you can build your own jobs. But if you need the assistance of anyone else to get your jobs built, alienating them won’t serve your purpose. If you need to change, change.

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