We’ve likely all heard the mantra “Manage stuff and lead people.” Maybe too simplistic a way to differentiate the responsibilities of a manager versus those of a leader I will concede. But few would disagree that one of the great challenges facing leaders continues to be putting the right people in the right roles at the right time. The latest book by Jim Collins of “Good to Great” fame is “How the Mighty Fall..And Why Some Companies Never Give In.” Collins’ research yields six generic characteristics of who these “right” people may be:
1. The right people fit with the Company’s Core Values
2. The right people don’t need to be tightly managed
3. The right people understand that they do not have “jobs”; they have responsibilities
4. The right people fulfill their commitments
5. The right people are passionate about the Company and it’s work
6. The right people display “window and mirror” maturity (give credit and take blame appropriately)
What’s your gut telling you about these characteristics? How well do they align with your experiences? How would you describe the role of Company culture and HR philosophies in making this responsibility of leadership seamlessly occur? We’re awaiting your thoughts. Thanks for sharing.