Leaders Manage Managers to Lead...
Sigge Sandstrom, CEO, Finland
I guess we would need to include Bosses here as well:-) Seriously though my favorite phrase, guiding light has been that I want to:
"LEAD people and MANAGE the numbers they create".
Sometimes I have bad numbers to manage (it happened once:O) and sometimes those numbers are really pleasant to manage. Anyway, the point is that the numbers I have to deal with reflects the Leadership I have exposed my subordinates to.
This approach works for me as it helps me keep the finger on the pulse when it comes to my personal leadership. I am a strong believer that you can learn to be a good leader. It comes with a prerequisite though: It all starts with You! If you do not have the fire burning for to lead... Then you can never ever be a good leader. Impossible to be promoted to a great leader. That is a lifelong quest that you need to have a huge inner bonfire going to get you there. Last not least, a leader ALWAYS WALKS THE TALK!