Psychological truths for effective management

In this LinkedIn article from executive coaching expert Judith Sherven, PhD, a number of key psychological truths that enable good managers to become great are identified. First on the list is the fact that everyone knows how to follow. At one point or another, whether in childhood or in their current profession, people are familiar with the act of following and the vast majority of people welcome direct, supportive leadership. Realizing this will help managers in the long run.

Second on the list is acknowledging that your followers need you to exhibit strong leadership. Put aside personal feelings or office politics and try to focus on being a leader that provides clear directions, clear explanations, clear rewards, and clear critique in response to outcomes. Doing so provides confidence for everyone on the team.

The third "truth" provided in the article is that your team wants to you lead, not rely on their opinion. While team input and collaboration are vital aspects of a functional working environment, managers too often "consult" with people on the team when it comes to handling particular problems, team restructuring, or other insecurities that are not the business of that manager's team members.

Continue reading this list of tips put together by Judith Sherven on LinkedIn.