Follow my leader..?

It is hard to find good role models in business. Sooner or later the great and the good fall from their pedestals and the impact on those who have sought to emulate their heroes can be disastrous.

Emulating someone else's approach is often a short-term solution to the age-old (and now obsolete) question about management style. Our survey said that "firm but fair" was the most popular answer but anecdotal evidence suggests this is an empty claim.

Management style is a function of personality. If you try too hard to be someone you're not then you will not be able to sustain the act: people will notice and consider you insincere. Your behaviour will be inconsistent or erratic; people will not know where they stand and you will lose respect.

These challenges are addressed in our Practical Management programme, which helps managers to balance their personal workload and their accountability for team performance. Our clients tell us that it builds trust, confidence and high performance.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Stephen Grey or Martin Wright.