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7 Paths to Managerial Leadership by Fred MacKenzie

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Path 1: Managerial Planning and Task Assignment

Managers plan what has to be done in their unit, by whom, by when, and how best to use available resources. To do this requires a clear vision of what has to be done, how to carry out the manager’s role, and how to communicate it to the team.

Managerial Planning

Managers complete a task in three ways:

1. They do it themselves.

2. They complete it with the help of a direct report.

3. They delegate it to a direct report.

When defining tasks for a direct report, there are four things for a manager to specify: 1) quantity, 2) quality, 3) completion time, and 4) available resources (QQTR). A task can be defined as a “what by when.” Managers should encourage team members to participate in the task assignment ...

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