“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” —Lao Tzu
Done well, performance management is a partnership where managers and direct reports work together to set goals, work through challenges, and celebrate accomplishments. A leader provides increased direction when a person is new to a task, extra support when they are learning, and gradual autonomy as they become skilled and experienced.
A short 3-minute video just released by The Ken Blanchard Companies shares that this idea is much easier in theory than it is in practice. Drawing on the Blanchard Companies’ experience of working with hundreds of thousands of leaders over a 30-year period, the video identifies that 54 percent of leaders use onlyone stylewith all members of their team—regardless of an individual’s demonstrated competence and commitment on a task.
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