Getting The Balance Right: Leading and Managing Well

  • 2h 20m
  • Peter Shaw
  • Marshall Cavendish
  • 2013

Managers are continually faced with new challenges and dilemmas. Getting the balance right is never straightforward, however. We are always having to find the right point of equilibrium between leading and managing, the short and long term, the individual and the team, activity and reflection, and being resolute and adaptable.

Leading and managing well requires you to get the balance right by adjusting your style and approach. Success often depends on making conscious decisions about the point of balance on these five key axes. This book is a valuable aid to any manager to help judge when to lead and when to follow, when to press their point and when to concede to others, or when to lead from the front or steer from behind.

About the Author

Peter Shaw is a founding partner of Praesta Partners, one of Europe’s leading executive coaching firms. He was formerly a Director General in the UK Government and is the author of several business books.

In this Book

  • Getting the Balance Right—Leading and Managing Well
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Who Do You Follow?
  • What Does Leading Mean?
  • Can You Follow and Lead at the Same Time?
  • Why Should Anyone Follow You?
  • Taking Engagement Deeper
  • When Does Engagement Become Manipulative?
  • Detached Or Disengaged?
  • Being Engaged and Detached At the Same Time
  • When Is It All About Principle?
  • When Is It All About Pragmatism?
  • When Can Principles Get Frozen In Time?
  • When Is Balancing Principle And Pragmatism The Easy Way Out?
  • When You Stop Listening You Die
  • Watch Your Impact
  • When Is The Moment For Action?
  • Keeping a Virtuous Circle of Action and Awareness
  • Using Your Emotions as Valuable Data
  • When Can You Be Too Rational For Your Own Good?
  • Keeping Your Emotional and Rational Reactions in Tune with Each Other
  • Being Aware Of All That Is Happening Inside You
  • When Is It Your Problem and No One Else’s?
  • What Is It Only You Can Do?
  • Where Do Your Family And Friends Fit In?
  • When Does The Team Come First?
  • When Do You Take Control?
  • When Do You Go With The Flow?
  • Who Are You Captive To?
  • Can You Build A Virtuous Circle Of Being Responsive And Directive?
  • Accepting Harsh Reality
  • Hope Springs Eternal
  • There Is Always a Silver Lining
  • Dealing With Apparent Contradictions
  • Keep Straight On To the End of the Road
  • It Is an Upside Down World
  • Be Willing To Turn Sideways
  • Three Steps Forward and Two Steps Back
  • The Future Beckons
  • Staying Rooted In The Past
  • One Foot In The Present, One Foot In The Future
  • Letting The Future Inform The Present
  • Being Single-Minded: Good or Bad?
  • Acceptance as a Sign of Strength and Not Weakness
  • Knowing When You Can Make a Difference and When You Cannot
  • Progress through both Ambition and Acceptance
  • Living Life with a Purpose
  • Seeing the Bigger Picture
  • Laughing At Yourself
  • Where Do I Fit In?