Are You A Windshield or A Rear-View Mirror Manager?

Why are some leaders more effective than others in developing their team’s skills and generating high-level performance? It’s the difference between being a windshield and a rear-view mirror, says Paul LaRue, a consultant in the hospitality and service industries, and the creator of the UPwards Leader blog. Rear-view managers tend to be reactionary, waiting for errors or poor performance to occur before taking steps to correct it. Windshield leadership is the opposite. “A windshield leader is always looking ahead and doing whatever it takes to avoid the hazards and potholes up ahead, even if they cannot see any yet,” LaRue states. The two styles of management often show up in all aspects of a workplace’s culture. Where rear-view management uses

Great Leaders Know When to Get Out of the Way

One of the most important roles of a manager at any level is to groom more leaders. One of the best methods for doing that, says Steve Keating, is to not lead – or at least not lead in the manner people traditionally think of leading. “If your goal as a leader is to grow more leaders, then you must first understand that leadership can’t really be taught, it must be experienced,” states Keating in a recent blog. Keating has more than three decades of experience training sales teams and sales management leaders. “You can tell your followers what leadership characteristics are important, you can talk about making good decisions and the sacrifices that Authentic Leaders make but you can’t