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Jun11
Relationships...A Leadership Development Tool?

Tomorrow begins Finals week for my Intro to Management students.  This term has been one of the best ever.  The folks I've worked with have constantly challenged me, exhibiting a whole new level of interest than that of any previous group.  

This makes me extremely happy!  I'm very focused on each of my students developing their own particular management style.  I'm also very encouraged to hear what they've taken from the course and how they plan to apply it.

One of my students, Louise Nieves, had a particularly interesting learning experience.  Here's what she had to say in our final class discussion:

The learning that I received from this course over the past nine weeks is carefully summed up in this one word, “relationship.” How so? Well, within a relationship there are the pros and cons, just like within an organization. You must be willing to ask yourself is it worth being here? How do I as an intricate party stand to benefit from this “working relationship?” Am I happy within this environment, does it bring me fulfillment and satisfaction? How do I make what I do not like, work for me? Is there growth potential? Where am I going or better yet, where are we going within this relationship? Will I be rewarded and or compensated, monetarily or verbally affirmed for my efforts? Is it the pay that keeps me coming back or is it the love of what I do that keeps me in this working relationship? Am I being properly utilized or am I being misused? Principles of Management have been a very instructive tool which has given me guidance on proper decision making. Within a relationship isn’t that how it starts, first you must make the right decision before, during and after the courses of actions and if you’re happy stick with it and if you’re not, do what is best for you to be extremely happy within your job or career.

If everyone went through the steps Louise did prior to making a big career decision, particularly one in management, I'm convinced that more people would be happy at work.

Take some time today to think about where you are right now.  Is this a good fit?  Are you on track to accomplish your goals?  If not, ask yourself those same pointed questions Louise did and see if you can get yourself realigned with yourself and your goals.

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