What does it mean to be a manager? The mechanical stuff about organizing work is only part of the story. It’s about having working relationships, it’s about actively contributing to and enacting your organization’s culture. And more.
Hairsplitters who claim that Managing is Not Leading are lip-synching a late 1980s industrial trope. That’s the last century, people! I don’t know a single organization today where a manager isn’t expected to lead people. Or where there are leaders who don’t also manage people and relationships.
Being a leader starts with leading, and managing, yourself. (Spoiler alert: knowing how to follow, and whom to follow, is also key.)
Finally, the internet is not an authoritative resource on managing human relationships at work. Including this syllabus.
- How I Read About Management, my blog
- Managing Oneself, Peter Drucker via HBR (NYPL) (Audible)
- My Employees Reviewed Me, and I Kind of Suck, Greg Hoy
- The Implicit Association Test, via Harvard University’s Project Implicit
- What is the Difference Between a Leader and a Manager? via the Wall Street Journal
- The Leader’s Checklist: 15 Mission-Critical Principles, Mike Useem (NYPL) (Amazon)
- We Don’t Manage People, We Manage Relationships, my blog
- Don’t Move My Cookie: The Power of Office, my blog
- Managing Emotions in the Workplace: Do Positive and Negative Attitudes Drive Performance?, via Knowledge@Wharton
- Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, Harvard Business Review (Registration required, then you can read for free)
- Angela Lee Duckworth, True Grit: Can Perseverance Be Taught? via TEDx
- Management Lessons from the Devil Wears Prada. (Really), my blog