Can the role of manager be learnt acquiring the best of education and the number of years of experience? I will say no! Is being a good manager synonymous with leadership skills? Yes, I will say it is interwoven. The law of the lid comes into play here, a concept promoted by Steven Covey. You cannot be effective above your leadership level or radar. Leadership is not a science neither is it governed by theories but by practical experiences that span a life time. Leadership skill is a lifestyle as it calls for the principle of constant improvement (Kaizen), growth and learning as well as being open to learn and unlearn. The practicalities of leadership requires you to work on self, yes! The first concept is to manage yourself. Manage yourself first! You need to learn how to manage yourself before you manage others. Managing others successfully is quite different and will be cumbersome if you expect that once you are a manager, it will be smooth ride and such an extension or a reflection of managing yourself. In managing yourself, you need to see and effect some changes in how you see yourself and others. You need to develop new ideas, values, potentials and even call upon some latent abilities that you never knew you had.
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