Thursday, May 23, 2013

LEAD BY EXAMPLE Part 2: Be Supportive

In Part 1 of the “Lead by Example” series, I discussed the importance of being honest.  Being supportive is another critical element of effective leadership.

On the most basic level, your job is to make your boss and your organization successful. If your boss has missed something important, you should take care of it yourself or tell your boss about it. And, as we saw in the previous example, discretion is critical.

I’ve coached many managers who complain about their bosses and miss that it is their responsibility to the organization (and their boss) to take up the slack. When you let your boss look bad, you look bad, and everyone suffers. When you are supportive, your boss will trust you more. This may result in your inclusion in the loop of communication reserved for those at the most senior levels. This makes you more visible within the organization and more valuable to your department. It also increases your chance of receiving more leadership positions and responsibility in the future.

Links to all the other posts in this "Lead By Example" series:
•   Introduction
•   Be Honest
•   Be reliable
•   Always seek to understand the big picture
•   Ask good questions
•   Be aware of your own assumptions
•   Practice integrity

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This post was excerpted from “Lead by Example,” by Chris Musselwhite, originally published in American Executive June 2009

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