Book Review

Lessons from the book; On Managing People- An Harvard Business Review

The book, On Managing People, is a  coalition of different authors, and their views on leadership styles they have researched on. The book speaks more about academic research and it’s application in the workplace. It is a rich resource for both employees and employers and learning how to manage the mutual relationship that exist between them.  In this post, I shared some lessons I learned from the book. Enjoy reading it below:

Lessons I learned from the Book; On Managing People

1. The various styles of leadership include The Coercive, Authoritative, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting and Coaching style of leadership.

2. The Coaching-style of leadership helps employees identify their unique strength, weakness and help them channel it appropriately to fulfilling their personal career aspirations.

3. Coaching cannot be forced as effective coaching occurs when people are ready and open to be coached.

4. There are various things that can motivate employees to perform better at their job such as an increase in salary, having more stricter deadlines or even giving them much more work to increase their capacity. But whatever form of motivation is to be applied in the workplace, it should be one that doesn’t only focus on getting the job done at the immediate time, but what will keep people being motivated in the long run.

5. More money isn’t the greatest motivation for performing more excellently on a Job. But rather, for employees to love what they do, and see themselves and their work being part of the company’s big goal/objective.

6. The best way to get people to work is to ask them to do it. Their response will determine if they need motivation or not to carry out the assignment.

7.  A good counsellor first gives a listening ear before asking if he could provide advice.

8.  This quite caught my attention– If you want something done, give it to someone who is busy. There is a reason why that person was busy in the first place.

This book is a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about working within an organisationTo get a copy of this book, check out any book store around you. Or send me a mail – to help you get a copy.


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