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Managing Subordinates in the Workplace



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Managing Subordinates in the Workplace

I have a regular work which entails managing and supervising subordinates. Managing people who are under your umbrella of leadership leads to very stressful career life. There are many leadership and management principles that a mid level executive like me can choose to adopt and apply to our job.
Personally, I am more of a authoritarian style of leadership but in a good way. I just simply make it clear to my subordinates all the set of rules and regulations one must follow in order to maintain discipline in the workplace. A set o punishments should be strictly enforced if these rules are not being followed. I do not mean to play the antagonist in the workplace, but I find it more effective in ensuring productivity and discipline in our job. After all, we are all being paid to perform effectively.
How about you? what management or leadership that you use in job or career? 

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overcast

I am more of delegator and management type person. i make a list of tasks that people should be doing and get them to do only that. And from there onwards the work division and the reporting begins. You can see that approach something like that works if there is more or less workload and you have plenty of stuff to think in that context. So I try to avoid conflict if I have to manage people. I just get people to do some things and move ahead.



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stbrians

I do not understand when you say, "You can see that approach something like that works if there is more or less workload and you have plenty of stuff to think in that context."

Do you mean there are more workers than the work to be done?



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overcast

What I meant is if you have more workload then that approach needs to be changed. In case of low workload with more workers, it's easy to delegate but with more workload existing sub ordinates have to put in more work. And there you have to setup the work flow for those workers.



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stbrians

It is some good arrangement. Managing subordinates is not an easy thing. It requires patience and organisation.



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overcast

Patience is the right word here. Because manager work is all about patience. Without patience none of the people get into the regular work. And they seem to be struggling if they don't have patience for people. I'd say on that note workplace patience and trusting people takes some time. But at some point of time you have to reach that point.



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jayjaydimson

Well, if there's a lot of workers than the work that should be done, I think the work will be so much easy.



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overcast

Not necessary. More work means also cluster of problems. You have to assign the work to right set of the people. And then get them to work according to the plan. That seems to be the way many people solve the problem with project management.



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jayjaydimson

Well, it's all about the time and work management, if you need to work on the specific job instantly, you need to have a time management for it to be done on the time it was set.



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overcast

Yes there are some softwares like trello, microsoft project management. And few others out there. But it all comes down to execution as far as the time management goes. It;s just not that easy as we say it is.



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iambeth

I think keeping a task oriented workplace is more organized. It works well for people who like to have consistency and is goal driven. They just need to focus on their own task and achieve their set goal.



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overcast

Exactly. That way the people are also less likely to get bored. And they can finish the work and then become free for other things. So something like that approach is lot better in that case. I think workplace needs to approach the task based approach.



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Corzhens

I used to have 95 people under me when I was the overall head of a big project some years ago. What I learned from that job was to know each and every staff under me, not only with their identity but also with their capabilities that included attitude towards work. It was hard to imagine that I was able to turn in good results with the cooperation of everyone particularly with the project managers who directly reported to me.



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overcast

Yes keeping the names of people in head. And getting them to deliver the result. That takes time. And also it can be something many people learn from the efforts there. You can see that workplace delegation and management is a bit hectic. My father recently retired from the manager position from one industrial firm. And he says it's not easy to be foundry manager. People act random and can be harder to work with.



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burgosmichael24

Being a leader is not an easy task. A Chinese proverb says, if you think you're a leader but nobody's following you, then you are not leading, you're just taking a walk. There's a lot of leadership and managerial principles that you can apply in your work. Two of them are the Goal-oriented leadership style and the other one is People-oriented leadership style. Both have its pro's and con's. You can search for this to know which style of leadership fits you. I somehow manage to use both of these and it's effective for me.



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theresajane

I agree with you. It is easy to be promoted as a leader and call yourself as it is, but what's hard is to "lead" your subordinates.



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Youngshark

Leading is about the actions and not so much of the words hence the reason why it becomes so difficult for many. Some people think it is all about giving orders while it is about being at the forefront doing the implementation.



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Alymae

I totally agree with you. A leader for me is someone who is empathetic, passionate, honest and with integrity. Also, a leader should have good management skills. Leadership is not about giving orders, but more of setting the direction where you wanted to go as a team, developing the vision and inspiring others to be better. As a leader, you have to be the example. You need to be kind and strong at the same time.



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Youngshark

If you do not have a vision as a leader then the whole plan stroke company or department may fail.



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jayjaydimson

Well, if you will do all the best you can to be a leader then it will be easy, but if you won't do anything and just be lazy all the time, you can't achieve it.



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Youngshark

There is a common phrase actually which goes "leadership is not for children" It means that if you feel like it's too much of a burden for you all you need to do is grow up.



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stbrians

Leadership and a following go hand in hand. For a leader to be successful, others should be responding to his bidding. A leader is like a dustbin as all trash is heaped on him. All he success are theirs too.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, I agree with you, because you have to be unique and you need to have a patience on being a leader.



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ajahcuizon

Those two principles are effective in leadership. I also agree that using them both are quite effective since you are doing you're task to reach your team's goal and on the same time focus on your people so you'll know if there are problems among them that will arise. As a leader, it is important to know such principles in order to be truly effective.



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jaybee19

I am yet to work on a company or organization and so what I have as an experience in managing my subordinates are the experiences I had during my early years in college as I am now undergoing my OJT/Practice Teaching. Whenever I am assigned to be the leader of my group, I always make sure to assign each member a task that they have to accomplish without the help of the other members. However, they can still approach me or the others who are knowledgeable as well in times of trouble. Although, most of the time that I became the leader, I did all the tasks myself because I almost always end up with irresponsible members. And so, I am a bit insecure about my management skills.



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stbrians

Sometimes it is hard to see yourself as the leader you want to be. It is the people and management who sees. Do the best you can and success will come.



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jaybee19

That's true sir stbrians. It's very hard to be aware about yourself especially if you're unsure about whether what you think who are is parallel to what others think about you. And so, doing the best without being too self-conscious is better I guess.



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coolavender

In our company, the managers and their subordinates jointly set the objectives together and set up key results areas (KRAs) and key performance index (KPIs) to measure individual, departmental, and company performance. This system has helped simplify management and performance appraisal. It has also made it easier to identify, isolate, and address issues.

Our company's rules and regulations (CRR) are clearly defined and disseminated to all employees from the start of their employment and they are applicable to the entire organization. The CRR booklet contains the policies and rules as well as the due process and penalties for violations. The HR is the main department responsible for implementing the rules and even the managers are subject to these rules.

A manager's role is to direct his/her subordinates to achieve their objectives. Managers also set objectives for themselves and their performance rating takes into consideration their subordinates' performance. Hence, if the manager's subordinates got very low performance ratings, that would also reflect on the manager's rating.



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stbrians

Sounds some good management skills and easy to follow. Everyone knows what to do and can measure what he has achieved. I will copy such.



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jayjaydimson

Managing your subordinates is not an easy task to do, because you need to have a patience for those who don't have enough experience about the job.



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amelia88

Right now I work for myself so there's no managing subordinates. I have been in roles previously where that was part of my job, and honestly - I hated it. Subordinates come with all range of skill levels, personality types, motivations...it's a very hard job trying to manage people and the myriad of things that go alongside it.



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stbrians

There are many types of subordinates ane to manage them is a task. It is good you do your own work. However, it is good to have the management skills for the future. What you do may grow till you need subordinates.



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amelia88

That's true - it is a useful skill to be able to cultivate. It can be so hard, though! Have you got any tips for best managing subordinates? I'd love to hear them if you do!



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stbrians

Managing skills are many. The first step is to spell out your objectives to the subordinates. They should know what your want. You then spell out what each subordinate needs to do. They should report every progress. Rewards should be given to those who excel and punishment meted to the failures. The rewards and punishment must be spelt for all and sundry.



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Judas2018

I think the key to managing talent or subordinates is to save your venom for real infractions. People aren't perfect, and they're going to make mistakes. Don't harp on your employees errors and missteps unless they're of the utmost severity. Save your most stern moments for when employees are routinely late, lazy and unmotivated, or don't show up for work. Your other employees will see you as a boss who means business, instead of a dictator.



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amelia88

I really like that approach. I've had bosses before who were micromanagers, nitpicking every single thing the staff would do - and it was a nightmare! Most the staff hated work because it was like you couldn't do anything without someone harping on at you that you weren't doing it right.

I think picking your battles is a huge part of being a good manager.



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jeffreyjose48

I like the perfect example of Jesus in how he managed his 12 disciples. The twelve disciples were competing against each other. One would like to become greater than the other. But Jesus taught them about humility and servant hood. If you want to be great in God's kingdom, you must be the servant of all.



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ajahcuizon

I also love how Jesus taught his disciples on how to be a leader. That in order to be a successful leader, you must understand first the place and stand of your every disciple. Especially, respect them on how you would want to be respected.



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jeffreyjose48

I agree with you. Jesus taught them how to be a good leader. Respect must be given to people.



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theresajane

Authoritarian style works well. But yes, you have to keep it in a good way if you want to interact with you subordinates harmoniously and have a good relationship with them.



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Judas2018

Agreed. Gotta let them know who's boss but in a professional sort of way. Otherwise, you'll have a company full of people too scared, angry, frustrated, worried and nervous to produce like you need them too.



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ajahcuizon

I'm a jolly person and I always tend to smile even in tough situations, that makes my image so soft and not as authoritarian as you. I hope that I could also perform my duty as well as you. But I would prefer to do it with fun and good times so that we could build up more of our teamwork.



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cks003

In all levels of management in a company, a position that requires one to deal and manage fellow colleagues is the most challenging compared to other positions. All managers are required by the top management to ensure their subordinates perform and at the same time abide by the norms, culture and regulations of the company. The task becomes very challenging when you have colleagues who play truant, report to work late, slack in the job, sloppy performance, rebellious etc. Sometimes one has to be authoritative and dictatorial, but at the same time cannot be too strict in enforcement. One has to strike a balance, but that is always easier to say than done.



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stbrians

Laisez fare seems my style. Everyone is free to do what they like. I want to do so too. Freedom is the key to nurturing talents. You set own rules and follow them. The final result will reflect your work.



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Martinsx1

I completely disagree with giving everyone freedom to behave as they desire when it comes to my business. It's definitely going to breed laziness and low in production as well as profit making.

From my experience with managing a business, when you give your staff too much freedom, they are most likely going to underperform.



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Youngshark

Yeah. Laisez fairest is a great management style. It only works however when you have cooperative people.



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NerdIndeed

If you have a talented group of people or a team that meets project deadlines, sure, but if what you have is a bunch of adults acting like kids when the boss is not around, I'll react accordingly and punish them. But that's just me so.



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amelia88

I think the management style people use often depends on the kind of organization and the staff personalities they have. Sometimes people use a mix of both and don't really have one defined style. I think you've often got to do a little bit of many different management styles in order to have an effectively run workplace.



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emiaj55

I have had the chance to lead a team of creators. It is quite different in sense that I know that each of has the skills and creativity of our field. So my leadership did not seek authority alone. Instead we focused on learning. I assumed the role of a leader who has the deciding vote, but I aimed more on enriching their knowledge and it lead to the success of our project. The bond however that we created outlasted the project.



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HappyLady

My leadership style is to enable and empower. If people feel you are a boss who just wants to get the job done, but are not interested in their progress, then they are not as motivated. Yes, there have to be rules and a way of working, but often collaboration and listening to the input of those you are leading is productive. As a leader you do not possess every skill for the workplace, but have the job of identifying and drawing out and using the skills of those under you in a way that benefits the whole team.



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esteban123

I am working as a branch manager of a certain company and I have some subordinates that I handled everyday, I make it a point that they would learn to respect on their superiors by explaining to them the good moral values that each employee should posses because respect is something that is really important in every organization. I am treating them well and give them some rewards whenever they are doing a great job since they really nee it for them to keep motivated to work hard everyday. I am just being fair with them so that everything will run smoothly and they will not feel that I am selective with their performances.



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Jeane

One thing I know about management is that an abrasive approach will eventually backfire.

Employees need to know what is expected of them and how they'll be punished should they fail to fulfill their duties. Of course whether one ends up a good manager or not depends on the results obtained at the end of the financial year. Happy employees tend to overdeliver so it is advisable to use positive motivation to get the results you seek.



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overcast

I think each project being different. One needs to plan the delegation. And also learn how to plan for the workplace direction. Most of the time managers end up having bad workers. And that limits their workplace operations. So I think managers have to work double harder on the people skill and getting them to do your work.



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luv2xacosta

It's really hard when you are the one to manage a group of people. Not all the time as well your command will be followed properly because there are other employee who are hardheaded. Ether you are an authoritarian or to cool in the work place you cannot guarantee if all of them will follow because believe it or not there are those who are rebellious.



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Martinsx1

There is a football game group that consist of 6 different managers which I'm now it's leader or captain of the group. Seriously, it hasn't been an easy task for me because some managers keeps showing signs of unseriousness even when they are well aware it's going to cost the game group its spot in the association table. Sometimes, I get to be very authoritative because they are getting on my nerves.



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theresajane

I agree with you. There will always be someone in your team who will give you a headache. Well, since we are all different, surely, no same strategy will work for everyone.



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Martinsx1

I must confess that it's not easy to manage people even if they are just 5 people. You are definitely going to meet up challenges with managing them and if you are not careful, some lazy people would drag your business to the mud.

When it comes to business management, a firm hand is very necessary in my opinion because loosing money as a result of not being serious is totally not acceptable.



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theresajane

I agree with you. Even with team works at school, you are even meet with challenges, how much more if it's in real life work and more problems come in your way?



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jaymish

I think most employers treat the workplace as an extension of high school, which is very wrong in my opinion. You should be a leader that inspires people to work instead of forcing them and bossing them to work. I'm the kind of leader who expects their employees to be responsible. I'm concern about their welfare and concern about how much they get done. They are bosses who are obsessed with their employees looking like they are working not what the actually produce.



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Judas2018

The bosses who are always on their employees cases about 'looking busy' are usually not the 'actual' boss. They themselves have a boss, who is constantly banging on them. So in turn, they bang on their employees.



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agbuyarashel

I hate being a leader because you're responsible for the whole group just like managing subordinates. It's very stressful and I sometimes feel too much pressure that's why if I can do it individually I'll definitely do it. When I'm the leader they tend to not do anything and I always ended up doing everything.



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Kakashi2020

I've been managing people for more than 20 years as a supervisor, manager, director in various companies that I've worked in. Managing people and groups of people isn't easy, it's hard, stressful and oftentimes leads to a lot of fights. You have to be a master of motivation and negotiations while instilling discipline and fear to your subordinates. The first thing they should understand are the rules and guidelines of the company and the penalties if they break it. Having a good set of ground rules is the first step to control your subordinates.



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amelia88

Wow - that is a lot of experience. Great tips you mention. I think clearly defined rules and expectations is hugely important - it means that everyone knows what they're doing from the get go. It also means they know what happens if they don't adhere to those guidelines. Expectation management is such a big part of being a leader in my opinion.



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superlicca

I never experienced being a leader at work but I used to be a leader when I was studying. Being a leader is not easy since your members have a lot of expectations from you. I was the type of leader who was motivated. I believe that a good leader has to be motivated if you want your members to be motivated too. This is a character that can be contagious and a well-motivated workforce can provide several advantages.



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cmoneyspinner

I'm not sure what “style” of leadership I had. I've only had two opportunities in my career to be a supervisor and I was fortunate in that I had subordinates who didn't need any supervising. They were experienced and they did their jobs well. They never neglected or shirked their duties and responsibilities. I didn't have to watch them. I never had to warn them about poor performance. In short, being the supervisor was no stress. But that being said, I'd rather not be a supervisor or a manager. I prefer to do the work rather than manage the people who do the work.



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amelia88

I think when you have employees who are intrinsically motivated it makes your life as a leader so much easier. Having employees with the experience and the skills to just get on with the job is a dream when you're in charge! I think when that's the environment it makes it very easy and enjoyable to lead a team.

I'm like you though - I much prefer just working than leading!



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Kakashi2020

Leaders have different ways of managing their people. Leaders use different tactics to control and manage their subordinates, here are some of those: Trust, Free Reign, Equality, Motivation, Rewards, Fear.

I like to use a combination of Motivation and Fear. I think it's the most effective way of controlling and managing people.



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Franzel2oo

When I'm in a position to lead, I do well to think of the times when I'm under the leadership of others. What are the things I admire in a leader and the what are the things I don't? I believe it is important to treat people the way I like to be treated. As such, my way as a leader is very inclusive. Of course the rules are set and made clear to everyone. The goals and the stakes are set as well and everyone made aware that we can only thrive as a unit. I do well to be open to suggestions and take what I can from my team. At the end of the day, it's more about the end product, than anything else.



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kaushikangara

A good manager always knows how to manage his subordinate staff. You have to behave accordingly with each person in your team. A good relationship with every individual leads to healthy growth of the firm. If you try to stamp your authority, your staff would do the work but you will lose their respect and value. You should try to gain their trust politely first and then get things done accordingly, Do not overly involve with the people, just a friendly discussion with a co-worker once in a while will give him a lot of confidence and he will value you more.



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anyone01

Forget about managing. Be a person worth following with the aid of doing follow-worth things. Age doesn't matter, just as gender or race likewise don't have any bearing right here. Management is for numbers payroll, income, inventory, margin, sales, etc. You manage a price range you lead a person.



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amelia88

I love this - it's so important to lead by example! I think if you're a head of a company or business, showing your employees how to work effectively by being a good role model yourself is huge.



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NerdIndeed

Right. There is a saying that goes 'A great leader was once a good follower.' Lead by example, and be a good influence.



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EfficientNinja

I don't consider myself a good leader yet because I am not really good at interacting with people. I just try to do my best at my own tasks and maybe my teammates would feel like they should also step up and do a better job if they see me giving it my all.

I am also not a strict person when I talk to those who have lower positions because I've been there and the best thing I can do is to teach them how they can improve.



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gutzman

It is easy to be appointed as a leader as long as you have a good performance. The hardest part is how to really be a leader. Being a leader doesn't mean you have all the skills needed in the job. These most of the time mislead us to the real meaning of a leader. A leader should be someone who can make a group of people under him better on what they are doing. It should be someone that is respectable, responsible and you can always rely on. Respect is hard to gain though because you have to earn it. Leading them to the right track will be your most priority.



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DenisP

I think that in the position of a leader, leniency can be a very slippery slope. While there is room for leniency with some people, many people are going to take it as an opportunity to either manipulate you or simply slack off. That sort of behavior is unacceptable.

There have to be rules and some degree of punishment, or otherwise we would have chaos. Imagine a society of people where there are no authoritative figures or laws; that is anarchy, and exactly what would happen in the workplace as well. Some people will be naturally good workers, but there are always going to be bad apples who need discipline.

It doesn’t mean being an iron fisted dictator, but to draw lines in the sand and create standards and expectations.



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amelia88

Every single workplace I've been in has had rules against management fraternizing with staff for that very reason - it seems to breed that culture that leniency is allowed or "friends" of the boss won't have to adhere to the same standards as the other staff.

You can be friendly without being friends - but like you said I think it can be a really fine line before leniency creeps in.



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DenisP

I think you put it very well by saying “you can be friendly without being friends.”

As I had mentioned, this isn’t going to apply to everyone, but developing a close friendship between a boss and employee can get in the way of efficiency simply due to a conflict of interest. Personally, I was close friends with my boss at my last job, but it worked well because we both understood that while we’re at work, we’re professionals and not friends. It also helped that we had the same goal of working towards growing the company.

On the other hand, some people will try to take advantage of that friendship and emotionally manipulate their way out of certain responsibilities in the workplace. It's usually done by people with a poor work ethic or who have no interest in actually improving the company they work for.



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Kakashi2020

A leader should always know how to control his subordinates. He's like a movie director, who directs the actors to the script and storyline to produce a good movie.



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amelia88

I like that analogy! It makes sense - a director needs to know who's playing what role, and how they contribute to the overall story. A good director also knows how to get the most out of their actors and actresses!



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esteban123

Managing some subordinates in the workplace is a tough job to be performed since we all know that each employees have their own unique attitudes which is sometimes hard to deal with. There are some subordinates that are very kind and considerate while there will be some that are very rude and sometimes disrespectful and these are the problems that makes it hard to manage and posses some decline in the output in the organization. These particular attitude should be address properly so that it cannot hinder the company's progress.



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NerdIndeed

Based on what you said, I hope you don't resort to micromanagement as it's not a good thing. Your employees would despise you by doing so. Remember that business is about people, sure it needs rules and regulations in place, but please keep in mind that they are human beings and not machines.



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jpk0007

Well, managing your subordinates can certainly be a big challenge when either you are new to the job or you have to lead a set of employees who are new to your organization. It takes times to establish your authority and create discipline in your team. Once you are able to create a good rapport with your subordinates,then you can smoothly carry on with your work. I think that creating a friendly atmosphere where everyone knows there jobs and responsibilities is very necessary to increase the efficiency of a team.



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esteban123

I think as much as possible we should treat fairly our staff and give them some rewards whenever they are doing a great job and punished them if they did something wrong or bad for the company. It is one way of giving them proper discipline so that they will feel that we are serious in everything especially on their attitudes towards work and their respective performances.



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Wenkx03

For me, work management is the key. As they have theyre own opinion, personalities, and agenda its hard make them work as one. You better giving them jobs separately will do.



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esteban123

I think that sometimes a leader of a particular organization should be considerate and understanding on its staff because nobody is perfect. There will have a time that our employees would make some mistakes into certain things and we need to be considerate so that they will feel that we are giving them some chance to correct their mistakes.



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Enyi

To manage surbodinates is to mild with them in a firm way.Nobody will really want to work under a very strict and over bearing Boss sometimes this might bring out the beast instead of the best of them.So direct but in a humane way



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esteban123

i think that managing some staff or subordinates is a big challenge and responsibility since it will test our patience and expertise in handling some group of people and some situation that we will encounter later on. We need to have a good strategy for us to achieve the desired goals that we wish to have.



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