365 Days of Leadership: Golf Day

May 14 is Golf Day. Wow, where to begin. First, I love the game of golf. I play it (poorly), I have been to the Master’s Tournament in Augusta and I have played in Scotland. It is a great social opportunity which has maintained its prominence as a game of skill, sport, chance and frustration. The thing I love about golf is that it is humbling. I don’t care who you are, or what skill level you have, there is always the opportunity for the shot of a lifetime which raises you to instant stardom and the duffer shot which you wish your best friend hadn’t been around to see. The beauty of golf is that you can achieve both the heights of success and the depths of defeat on the same 18 hole round!

Leadership is like golf. There are good rounds and bad rounds. Even the best leaders have an off day. The only way one gets better at leadership is to be around better leaders. Unfortunately, bad leaders like to surround themselves with others who support their bad management style. Nothing will replace a bad manager, unless you are lucky enough to have a complete turnaround in upper management which identifies these managers and begins to replace them.

The good news is that management in general is changing. Bad management and bad managers are exiting the system as Baby Boomers age and Millennials begin to fill these positions. Now is the time to start thinking about what kind of manager you want to be and surround yourself with like-minded individuals who will help you develop into a better manager and a better team member. Those who are willing to work successfully with multi-generational workforces and embrace the change which comes with it will survive. Remember, the employee you mistreat today may be the manager who is in charge of your department in a few years. Perhaps the time to start planning for success begins today. You can shape how you want to be treated tomorrow by learning how to be a better manager today.

Cheers

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Connie Hanner is a PhD student in non-profit organizational leadership and a veteran of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Visit her website at http://www.conniehanner.com. Find her on Face Book, Linked In and follow her on Twitter.

365 Days of Leadership: Roast Leg of Lamb Day

May 7 is Roast Leg of Lamb Day. Lamb is a heartier dish with a stronger taste than most American palettes are accustomed to. Lamb is an acquired taste and like working in a diverse environment requires that one does not judge the dish by that which makes it unique.

Being unique is part of what makes working globally so much fun. It requires that one look beyond their own culture and welcome another’s for all that makes it wonderful. When we are visiting or engaging another culture, it is important to remember that our experiences and biases are not the model which others should follow. The simplest gesture or comment can be misconstrued as rude and insensitive. In fact, in some cases a misplaced gesture can ruin an entire business deal, and you will never know it.

The lesson in leadership is to never presume that your cultures or customs are dominant over another’s. When working with multi-cultural teams, take time to know and embrace what makes other cultures unique. You will find it enlightening.

Cheers

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Connie Hanner is a PhD student in non-profit organizational leadership and a veteran of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Visit her website at http://www.conniehanner.com. Find her on Face Book, Linked In and follow her on Twitter.