Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
This article from Forbes this week brought up many of the themes we’ve all discussed in class and read about in our weekly readings. Many of the qualities brought up in the article are ones we discussed when determining what makes a good or bad manager: appreciation, recognition and respect, communication tactics, criticism, micromanaging, etc.
I thought this was a good reminder that while a manager is a leader of a team, he or she is also a part of the team. As one of our readings pointed out, the teams that work best together and accomplish the most are the ones that can be honest and vulnerable with each other, about strengths and about weakensses. In this way good management is in large part a balancing act.
While some of the examples in the article seem a bit extreme, I’m sure we’ve all, at some point, worked at places with ineffective leadership. Do any of you identify with any of the “insulting” situations in this article? Or perhaps the opposite – what was a good management situation you’ve found yourself in?