Management Tip of the Day: The right to competent management

Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:52am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Managers have no trouble making demands of their employees, but it's time for those individuals to make sure they are laying the groundwork for those staff members to succeed, says Harvard Business Review.

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

"If an employee's success is intricately linked to how good his boss is, shouldn't everyone have the right to competent management?

Give your direct reports what they deserve by being a boss who is the following three things:

1. Trustworthy. Trust is grounded in competence and character. You should know what to do and how to do it. And, you should always do what you say you will.

2. Influential. Your people rely on others to get their jobs done. Therefore, you need to cultivate relationships with those beyond your immediate group who make your people productive.

3. Team-focused. A good boss knows that a team is better than the sum of its parts. To bring your group together, give them a compelling purpose, clear goals and plans, and a culture of 'we' not 'I.'"

-Today's management tip was adapted from "The Right to Management Competence" by Linda Hill & Kent Lineback.

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