I read in Forbes.com that according to surveys, “People leave managers, not companies. ”
Is there some truth to that?
When I was working in an international bank, I had a boss who was so focused on numbers.
I vividly remembered that day. We were launching a new product. Since my colleague and I had the highest number of sales for the previous month, we were tasked to pioneer the launch of a new product. Our job was to “test” the market whether they are ready to buy the product or not. We had to call our customers and offer them our newest product.
That day, I worked like never before. I cut my lunch break short and I even did forego my morning and afternoon breaks so I could be more productive. I was so focused in what I was doing I hardly even talked to my seatmate.
At the end of day, I was so tired, drained, and sad. Why? Because despite my efforts, I didn’t make a single sale.
My boss gave me a disappointed look, frowned at me and said, “You better make a sale.”
That’s it. She didn’t recognize my efforts. She didn’t offer any words of encouragement. I felt stripped off my dignity and worth as a person. I felt my boss only saw me as a mere factor of production. Ouch!
That day, I felt so low and demotivated.
That was just one of the many days when my boss emphasized through her words and actions that all she cared about was numbers. She didn’t care whether we did our best. She didn’t care whether we were stressed. She didn’t show any empathy nor did she ask how she could help us.
I couldn’t count the days when I told myself, “I can do any job in this bank as long as she is not the boss.” (I didn’t hate my boss for it. I felt though that becoming a good leader is a skill each of us must work on.)
Indeed, there is some truth to the statement “People leave managers, not companies. ” As an employee for nine long years, I can attest to that.
Being a good leader, not just a good manager, is so crucial when you want to succeed in your career, your business, or even your family life.
What Makes a Good Leader?
Before we answer what makes a good leader, let’s define first what is a leader.
According to John Maxwell, “Leadership is influence.”
Therefore, a leader is someone who influences.
Are you a leader? Using John Maxwell’s definition of a leader, I believe that all of us are leaders — whether you’re a manager or a subordinate of a manager.
You’re a leader whether you’re a Vice President of a company or a regular employee of that company.
You’re a leader whether you’re a blogger, a speaker, a parent, a friend. Why? Because you have the ability to influence.
But what makes a good leader?
What Makes a Good Leader?
In my nine years as an employee, I was also blessed to be under some bosses who were great leaders.
One of them was so passionate about what he does. Let’s call him Passionate Peter. He rubbed off his passion on us. Whenever he’s in the area, you could feel his presence and the positive energy he brings.
Another leader was great at encouraging her subordinates. Let’s call her Encouraging Em.
With Passionate Peter and Encouraging Em as my leaders, I knew I was in good hands. I trusted them and I looked up to them. I knew that no matter how challenging the job was, having them as my leaders definitely made a huge positive difference.
Guess what?! Passionate Peter and Encouraging Em are happy and fulfilled leaders!
How to be a Fulfilled Leader
How does one become a Happy and Fulfilled Leader?
This is what our company Institute for Integrality, Inc. will tackle on November 9, 2013.
The Institute for Integrality, Inc. is a multi-disciplinary training institution that aims to promote integral human development in the workplace.
Last September 2013, we launched our Leadership Integration Programme: The Making of a Complete Leader.
Here were the photos of our previous events:
Part 1: The Balanced Leader held on September 14, 2013 at Makati Sports Club.
Part 2: The Equipped Leader held on October 5, 2013 at Makati Sports Club.
If you missed the firs two parts, don’t worry. You can still attend Part 3: The Fulfilled Leader.
Meet the Speakers
Tanny Panahon is the Philippine representative to the Asia-Europe Foundation -Education and Research Hub for Life-long Learning. He is currently the President and CEO of Asset Productivity Management Corp., President and Director of Crayden Sports Academy, Lecturer at Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He was a former Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Unitrust Development Bank.
Sha Nacino is the Executive Director of Institute for Integrality, Inc., an author of over five books, a speaker, a contributing writer for Bo Sanchez’s Truly Rich Club and the founder of www.SeminarPhilippines.com/. She was the Immediate Past President of Presidents Toastmasters Club, a public speaking club.
Mariegel Manotok Mariegel Tankiang Manotok is a registered Certified Public Accountant who graduated with honors from Assumption College, BSC – Accounting. She was accorded the Meritisimus award for her Master in Public Administration. She is a visionary with the advocacy of strengthening the Filipino families. One of her missions is to integrate programs and activities suited for the needs of our community and maintain the highest quality of family lifestyle which can serve as a model residential community for other villages to follow. She aims to build a closer community and enhance the social, cultural and spiritual attributes of each person.Rey Ortega is the founder and Executive Director of four humanitarian organizations namely Tahanan ng Pagmamahal, Grace to be Born, Inc., Jeremiah 33:6-7 Foundation, and Pag-asa ng Pamilya Scholarship Foundation where he works hand-in-hand with Bo Sanchez. Rey Ortega is the author of the book Crazy Love which is about loving the poorest of the poor the way God loves them. He was awarded the Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 2012.
Where is the seminar venue?
The 3-part seminar will be held at Makati Sports Club, Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. . The ambiance is so beautiful you would think you’re out-out-town. We designed it that way.
We want you to experience attending a seminar at its finest and at the least possible cost on your part.
The Fulfilled Leader (Nov 9, 2013) The seminar will start at 1:30PM and end at 6:00PM.
Who Should Attend the 3-Part Seminar?
The 3-part seminar was designed for:
- Leaders of an Organization
- Toastmasters/ Public Speakers
- Decision Makers
- and all those who want to take their leadership skills to the next level
How much is the fee?
The Fulfilled Leader seminar is only
Php3,000 Php2,000 only. This includes your guaranteed seat, snacks, certificates, and the materials you need for the seminar.
But you need to hurry because slots are very limited. In the next few days, our media partner BusinessWorld will release our ad to thousands of their followers.
Have you always wanted to write your own book? Do you have a message you’d like to share to the world through your book? How would you want to become an effective leader and an author at the same time? We’re giving away Sha Nacino’s latest eBook called How to Write a Book Even if You’re Not a Writer.
Are You Ready to take Your Leadership Skills to the next level?
Sign up now to secure your slot, get the bonus, and avail of the Special Early Bird Rate. Seats are filling up fast. Once the seats are filled, we will close the registration.
We thank our media sponsor Business World.
If you would like to know what it takes to become a happy and fulfilled leader, secure your seats now at http://instituteforintegrality.com/leadership/checkout/
I wish you success and happiness!Sha Nacino