Now that we have considered the balance between production and people, it is imperative to consider how to lead people. Even a production-centered leader must direct people. People are the means of production and a leader must look to lead individuals, groups, and even an entire business entity. Below we consider the Path-Goal Theory as means to accomplish the effective leading of people.
It is the Leader’s role to define the goals of their subordinates, assist or remove any obstacles or performance deficiencies in route to those goals, and provide any support needed in facilitating the employees efforts to accomplish the goals you set for them.
How can you be a Path-Goal Leader?
- Know the goals of your organization. If you do not know what is expected of you, it will be impossible to effectively lead others.
- Set Goals for your employees that you believe are achievable based on their experience and abilities.
- Reevaluate your employees’ goals. Constantly look to modify or add new goals based on how employees do with what you have assigned to them.
- Be prepared to encourage and guide in challenges. This is not a passive process, so employees will need help in guidance. If there is an obstacle in there way you must be prepared to help them find a suitable way around or be prepared to modify the goal.
- Keep employees focused. It is easy to lose sight of the big picture in the day-to-day grind.
- Be available. Have an open door policy. Your employees must be comfortable to discuss success and struggles with you.
This skit shows basis Path-Goal leadership in action.
By Kevin Dancy Follow @jdrock