I never met Mr. Welch but I miss him already for his legacy of great Management and Leadership that he left behind.
In an era of tremendous challenge in the midst of frequent chaos I believe considering what his brilliant mind brought to the business world is more important than ever to evaluate and learn from.
Some of his key lessons
Managers have to stop muddling and lead. It’s important to be a leader who lays out the clear vision and doesn’t squeeze out the joy of a situation by exercising control.
Managers have to figure out the proper balance that allows them to manage less. Managers can tend to feel that close control is better management and in fact at times it can be the worst form of management.
Every situation is different but the manager that can figure out how to manage less is the one that ultimately benefits from the internal competitive spirit and the positive benefit that is produced.
Managers of all type need to seek ways to better articulate the vision to their respective teams. A leaders job is to inspire and those that lay out a clear vision stand a greater likelihood for creative ideas to be generated by their team.
Managers need to always find an opportunity to energize their team members. Times are challenging today but energizing is a leadership priority that can’t be pushed to the bottom of the in box.
Managers shouldn’t be afraid to get good ideas from everywhere. Great leadership understands the best idea wins and it doesn’t matter who it comes from.
No matter what side of your business you occupy, leadership skills are a critical component of continuous improvement in your organization. Let’s learn from the wealth of knowledge the great Mr. Welch brought to the world.