Management Tip of the Day: Change how you follow

Fri Dec 3, 2010 10:50am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Many of us feel frustrated or uninspired by our leaders but there are ways to help cope by looking inward instead, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"If you feel frustrated or uninspired by your leader, you're in good company. Many people are unhappy with the leadership styles of those above them.

Rather than trying to oust or change your leader, it may be time to look inward. Accept what you can't change, your leader's style, and focus on what you can control -- how you follow.

If you have a manager who likes to have his hand in everything, don't resist the micro-managing. Instead, invite him to get involved. He's likely to include himself anyway, and bringing him in increases the likelihood he will support your work.

If your leader is more hands off and fails to motivate you, find inspiration from the work itself or from others in the organization. Then, reflect back to your leader what you find most inspiring. You may be able to show him what you need by getting it elsewhere first."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Can't Change Your Leader? Change How You Follow" by Li Xin Bai.

 
<p>Silhouetted people listen to Billy Graham speak during his New York Crusade at Flushing Meadows Park in New York June 24, 2005. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>