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7 Paths to Managerial Leadership

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Put timeless management practices to work. The most important relationship is between a manager and a direct report. Studies confirm that the majority of people leave their jobs because they dislike their manager and the way they are supervised. After all, managers directly influence staff engagement and retention, along with the many performance factors in between. So what is a manager to do? 7 Paths to Managerial Leadership presents seven simple paths to an effective relationship between managers and staff. Each path offers management wisdom that focuses on action, not position, and inspires others to do their best work. Expressly written for middle managers, this step-by-step guide covers principles evaluated and fine-tuned over the course of several decades. Seasoned manager and management consultant Fred Mackenzie offers readers pithy self-assessments, a manager’s checklist, and action plans for developing each path, regardless of which you choose to employ in your work. Use this guide to identify your leadership style, along with its benefits and shortcomings, and learn how to build on your strengths to inspire those you lead to have confidence in themselves. Be sure to read this one with a pencil in hand!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. Managers and Their Direct Reports: A Dynamic Relationship
    1. Middle Management Styles
    2. Developing Effective Relationships
    3. Checklist for an Effective Middle Manager–Direct Report Relationship
  8. 2. Why 7 Paths?
    1. Organizational Structure
    2. Human Forces Filter
  9. 3. Path 1: Managerial Planning and Task Assignment
    1. Managerial Planning
    2. Manager’s Checklist
    3. Action Plan
    4. Task Assignment
    5. Action Plan
    6. What Is Situational Courage?
    7. Action Plan
  10. 4. Path 2: Managerial Meetings
    1. Content and Process of Meetings
    2. Managerial Meetings Checklist
    3. Action Plan
  11. 5. Path 3: Context Setting
    1. Paying Attention to the Bigger Picture
    2. Context-Setting Checklist
    3. Action Plan
  12. 6. Path 4: Feedback
    1. Giving Positive and Constructive Feedback
    2. Feedback Reminders
    3. Negative or Constructive? Understanding the Difference
    4. Giving Feedback Checklist
    5. Action Plan
  13. 7. Path 5: Performance Appraisal
    1. Informal and Formal Appraisals
    2. Checklist for Performance Appraisal
    3. Action Plan
  14. 8. Path 6: Coaching Direct Reports
    1. Coaching Growth Within the Role
    2. A 5-Step Process for Managerial Coaching
    3. Putting the 5 Steps Into Action
    4. Checklist for Managerial Coaching
    5. Action Plan
  15. 9. Path 7: Continual Improvement
    1. Improving Processes, Systems, and Procedures
    2. Example of a Continual Improvement Meeting
    3. CI Checklist
    4. Action Plan
  16. Afterword
  17. Appendix A: Establishing Key Accountabilities
  18. Appendix B: Employee Document Comparisons
  19. Appendix C: Sample Closure Verbs
  20. Appendix D: Assignment Examples
  21. Appendix E: Making Strategy Work—The Linkage Process
  22. Appendix F: Using the Practices Calendar
  23. Glossary
  24. References
  25. About the Author
  26. Back Cover