Good Reads on Leadership for Small Business Founders
How to be a boss: a new manager’s guide to managing down
While some may dream of being “the boss”, in reality the task is not for the faint of heart. Kate Sull of popforms writes about the intricacies of how to ease-in into a new managerial position and get accustomed to your day-to-day operations. In practice, there are major variations between being promoted to the managerial position at your existing job and being hired from the get-go as a manager. The intricacies of your friend/co-worker relationships may come to play as you get to exercise your new position.
Can polite people lead?
Vivian Giang at the American Express OPEN Forum writes about the century-old question: Can Polite People Be Successful Leaders? The article explores extreme politeness, which may lead to your co-workers wanting to be around you, but not take you seriously. There is definitely a fine-line between these instances, however you don’t want to be the brute everyone is scared of. That attitude may actually get people around you to do more, but you always want some rebels around who challenge the status quo. Read more and reflect if you are too polite in your leadership positions
Rethinking the way we lead
“The organizations that succeed today are the ones who stay responsive, easy to scale, and adaptable.” is one of the truths in today’s business world. No longer we respond to strict rules and regulations as everything is in flux and those that succeed and survive are those that adapt and change with the current, not the strongest of all1. A wonderful brief read on leadership as part of 99U Conference
1 “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” — Charles Darwin