SET CLEAR AND REASONABLE OBJECTIVES FOR THEMSELVES AND OTHERS: Plan? Plan? Plan? Managers need to do their homework. Effective managers know that setting objectives, outlining the steps required to achieve them, and delegating tasks appropriately to each staff person are all necessary components of bringing a project to fruition. The development of a system that maintains these objectives (like a wall calendar) is a good sign of an effective leader and time manager. Any major projects should be time-lined backwards from completion date to incipience to verify how long they will take, and to create intermediate goals to keep the staff and management motivated.
ACTION ORIENTATION DELEGATION: Action Orientation Delegation is essential to an effective leader. Managers who must do everything themselves are not leading, they are just working too hard. Effective leaders become master planners and, through the proper utilization of their resources, the central point of all information. They learn how to gather the individual components together as a check point on any project. The team completes the labor while the planning, design, implementation, and follow-through remains the leader's function. Leaders must be or become technical experts on all the projects being conducted. As both politicians and chief executive officers have learned in recent years, leaders are always accountable although they may not be directly responsible.
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