5 Leadership Lessons for Today’s Executive by Vick Vaishnavi at Forbes on 11 April 2013.
The five lessons that the author provides are:
Set the standard for performance
Give meaningful direction
Make communication a priority
Persist until the job is well and truly done
Be a learner and not just a coach
When I look at give meaningful direction – make sure that your recipient understands your intent (ties-in to communication skills)
From a management perspective: For reporting / follow-up of tasks, with my Project Manager background I tend to use the 8-80 rule when assigning tasks (no less than eight hours and no more than eighty hours). Reporting intervals can vary based on where we are with a project:
- Start – short – efforts going down the right path, immediately identify obstacles.
- Middle – longer – ensure tasks are tracking down the plan.
- End – shorter – focus on meeting the deadline.