Leaders ought to know, by Phillip Van Hooser
Leaders ought to know
Philip Van Hoosler
Too many organisations assume that promoting an employee into a leadership position will result in their becoming a competent leader, absorbing by osmosis what is required to do the job. People fail to define what is expected of their leaders and then claim to be surprised when these newly minted leaders fail to deliver. However, there are some things every prospective leader can learn before they assume office, which is the premise of this book by Van Hooser, who has advised many top US companies.
There are a number of key principles, he says, which include: taking responsibility for your choice to lead; knowing your followers’ expectations of you and how to exceed them; discovering the wants and needs that motivate your followers; behaving consistently and making informed decisions and communicating difficult truths in an appropriate manner.
Mastering four management functions – plan, organise, direct and control – are vital, and while this may seem simple and obvious, the opportunity for phenomenal success or horrendous failure rests with them. A useful manual here for those assuming high office.