Successfully leading a team takes a unique and different set of skills than those of an individual contributor. It’s hard to be a good boss! Many leaders and managers have been promoted due to their individual competence, but struggle when it comes to leading and managing people.
The 7 Habits for Managers® equips team leaders to address these basic issues and improve how they achieve sustainable results through and along with others. This solution distinctively focuses on who a manager IS, not just what they DO. What is unique about 7 Habits for Managers® is the lens used in this framework and the way it applies new mind-sets, skills, and tools towards becoming a great leader who can consistently deliver results.
The 7 habits for managers Objectives
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Being proactive means recognizing your responsibility to make things happen. To achieve this you have to use your resourcefulness and initiative to break the barriers. Taking initiative does not mean being pushy, obnoxious, or aggressive.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
‘Begin with the End in Mind’ means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It is about developing an “outcome-oriented” mind-set in every activity you engage in—projects, meetings, presentations, contributions, etc
Habit 3: Put First Things First
This involves self-leadership and self-management to decide the most crucial thing to attend and achieve.
Many of us are often face the dilemma of recognizing urgent and important activities in our lives. Something urgent requires immediate attention, it presses on us, but may not have any bearing on our long-term goals. Important things, on the other hand, have to do with results – they contribute to our mission, our values, and our high-priority goals. We react to urgent matters; while we often must act to take care of important matters, even though urgent matters scream for our attention. You may read further on what is urgent and Important in the Next article.
Thus as Managers we need to eliminate energy and time wasting tendencies by focusing and executing on the team’s widely important goals by having a proper planning cadence.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Win-win refers to an agreement or a solution which is are mutually beneficial, mutually satisfying. With a win-win solution, all parties feel good about the decision and feel committed to the action plan. Win-win is based on the paradigm that there is plenty for everybody, that one person’s success is not achieved at the expense or exclusion of the success of others.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
This is the principles of empathic communication. The most important trait here is ‘empathic listening’. Listen to your colleagues, family, friends, and customers – but not with an intent to reply, to convince, or to manipulate. Listen simply to understand, to see how the other party sees things. The essence of empathic listening is not that you agree with someone; it’s that you fully understand him, emotionally and intellectually. Empathic listening creates an atmosphere of candid and helpful give-and-take by taking the time to fully understand issues and giving candid and accurate feedback.
Habit 6: Synergize
Simply Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. But it doesn’t just happen on its own. It’s a process, and through that process, we bring all our personal experience and expertise to the table. Together, we can produce far better results that we could individually. Synergy lets us discover jointly things we are much less likely to discover by ourselves. Thus capability of inventing new approaches is increased exponentially
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
A logger can complete his work faster & easily if he takes a break and sharpens his saw. Likewise, Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have – that is you. It is the way self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, mental, social/emotional, and spiritual.
- Physical – exercise, nutrition, stress management;
- Mental – reading, visualizing, planning, writing;
- Social/Emotional – service, empathy, synergy, security;
Spiritual – spiritual reading, study, music, art, meditation, prayer, or service