John (not his real name), a specialist at a consultancy firm, is resting in the hospital. He is diagnosed with a stomach ulcer. In the first few days, his mind was still occupied with work, worrying about the resignation of two of his team members. However, being forced to rest in the hospital turns out to be a blessing in disguise. During the latter half of that week, John started to wonder what went wrong after he was promoted to a managerial position.
He has had the best time of his life. Clients love his work and his captivating presentations. From his point of view, he is an excellent boss to the team. He gives constructive feedback often and asks for high-quality work.
If you ask his team, however, he is very intimidating, asking them to do challenging work without adequate coaching. He sometimes pitches them against each other. They are so afraid that they do not even ask him questions to clarify what he wants and generally stop going to him for consultation. The team members have grown more and more distant from each other too.
This book “Learn to Lead” is meant to help people like John to get better at managing a team.
People management is a specialty, just like being an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher. It often takes years of learnings, practices, and a burning desire. Unlike some misconception that some people are born with it. Nope.
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