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Executive Leadership: A Balancing Act

Leading an organization can often mean juggling concepts and issues that seem to contradict each other. It is important for Executive Managers to find the right balance for themselves and their companies. Sometimes moving in one direction or the other can improve your organization and help it thrive.

Casual vs. Formal
The style of your organization depends on your type of business; for example, a children's hair salon will have a much different feel than a tax preparation company. Your business environment should always be professional, both for your staff and for your clients, but there is a lot of leeway as to how formal or how casual you choose to be. In many cases, you should be consistent with the level of formality when dealing with clients and in staff-only situations but you can adjust as you feel appropriate. Some businesses benefit from a rigid hierarchy and some from very little structure. You can experiment with small changes to make your company more formal or more casual. A good rule of thumb is to be sure to keep your employees informed to minimize confusion.

Hands-on vs. Hands-off
Some Executive Leaders can set up their organizations and let them go without too much day-to-day input. Other companies need the direct involvement of the Executive Manager. Hands-off managing can be a confidence booster for workers and allows for creativity in the organization. This style also frees the Executive Leader to take care of other aspects of management. It does, however, require a lot of trust between management and employees, and if workers are not given sufficient information and direction to do their jobs or aren’t ready for the responsibility, the workplace can become chaotic. A hands-on approach to management will keep you up-to-date on everything that goes on in your organization, but the risk will always be over-managing and making employees feel as if they don't know how to do their jobs.

Organization vs. Executive Leader
Most of the time, what is good for the business is good for the Executive Leader and vice versa. There will be times, however, when you must reflect on your decisions and assess whether decisions that benefit you are really benefiting your organization. From taking risks to firing unfit employees, there are times when managers may want to put off making a decision or take the easiest way out. This harms not only the organization, but the growth of the Executive Leader as well. Pushing yourself to do new or uncomfortable things just for their own sake, however, isn't good either. Look hard at decisions you have made or are avoiding making, and examine how they affect you as a leader and your organization as a whole.

Managing different aspects of an organization is the main role of an Executive Leader. Finding the right balance between those different aspects can help you sort out problematic areas in your organization as well as help your business grow.


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