Often the team comes up with several alternative options, a good manager can help provide clarity. They can help in reframing the problem. The boss can lift the game by helping the team to defining the problem in new light by drawing upon new data sources or insights that the team does not have access to. Sometimes the boss can invigorate the team by simply drawing upon some relevant reading or relevant experience that can make life easier. Great bosses are well-read.
Great bosses make the world of work magical. A great manager is a talent magnet. People will follow such a manager to the other end of the world. They are tough on tasks and deadlines. Yet, they still manage to find time to discover the human being hiding under the garb of an employee.
“When we tell the troops to get up at three in the morning and run for 40 miles, I know I have to run ahead of the pack. You cannot drive up to the destination in a car and then yell at the men for not running fast enough.”
Being the leader of people is an honor. The leader must ask every day, “Am I worthy of discharging my responsibility? Do I have what it takes to lead them today?”
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