Want to be Great Leader? Learn the Bloomberg Shuffle

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that he will not run for president in 2020. Instead, Bloomberg has decided “his time and personal fortune would be better used promoting immigration reform and gun control and fighting climate change” according to the New York Times.

Vox reports that Bloomberg is using his influence and moola to launch “Beyond Carbon, a campaign to move the country away from oil and gas and toward developing clean technologies.” Vox applauds Bloomberg’s “clearheadedness about how he can best use his resources to achieve his policy goals, instead of burning them on a doomed but satisfying campaign.”

Bloomberg’s focus on the ‘greater good’ rather than the power of a presidential position, shows why sometimes the strongest and smartest action a manager can take is to step aside.

Wonder if you might be focusing your energy on the wrong workplace issues? The management site Be Leaderly offers “five common missteps (pun intended)” that managers make and why stepping away is often the most effective action.

It might be time to pull a Bloomberg if you:

  1. Find yourself adding your two cents to everything. Not every issue needs your feedback. Empowering direct reports and allowing them to show their stuff is how future leaders and powerful teams emerge.
  2. Require credit for every idea you mention (even when the initiative is acted on by others). Needing constant attention undermines your authority and makes you appear needy.
  3. Find yourself doing your job and everyone else’s too. Delegation is not optional. It’s an important part of the management process that will earn you respect.
  4. Don’t allow the team to do its thing. Drop the mike and let them work! Innovation is born when teams are allowed to experiment with new methods. Your way is not always the best way.
  5. Find yourself inserting yourself into every action. When an employee is humming along on a project, resist the urge to impart your wisdom or change the way the project is being managed. If something is working, zip your lip and say thank you.

To learn the skills you need to become a better manager, check out this on-demand webinarChock full of practical, how-to advice, this manager skills event will help you become the great leader you are meant to be.

By V.L. Brunskill

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