Ten Ways to Reintroduce Leadership Skills into your Management Style

Managers manage and leaders lead – so it has always been. But the problem for managers is that sometimes they need to use their leadership skills as well.

Working as a manager, and by having the title, implies that all you do is manage what is going on around you. As they say, ‘you can only manage people and not things’, which is all well and good.

Yet good managers need to show at least some leadership skills as well, so that instead of picking up a series of tasks to ‘do’ each day, you are able to take a broader, longer term view as well.

But in recent years, control; processes; planning; rules; audits and more seem to have returned to the management culture after just a few enlightened years, as panic has set in over short-term profitability, at the expense of long-term cultural sustainability.

Now is the time for leadership elements to be revisited, in day-to-day management.

To simplify some of the skills that managers need to utilise from the leadership toolkit, here are ten ideas that will help with growth of longer-term performance, rather than mere survival.

  1. Look Forward You can be more than getting through today. By taking a little time to see what you are aiming for and why, you will enable a better framework for progress and have to fire-fight less over time.
  2. Succession Plan Once you have a better picture of where you are going you will be able to take a call on who you need and with what attributes. Then you can tell if you have the people you need – or not. And do something about it.
  3. Clear a Path In a leadership role you make it easier for your people to do their jobs and get the work done effectively and efficiently. Different from managing and just expecting the tasks to be done, you pave a way through the myriad of calls upon your people’s priorities to focus on the long term goals as well as the day job.
  4. Be an Influence Your role becomes one where relationships are vital, both with your own people and those who directly impact on what they are striving for. You evolve excellent people skills by creating conversations where you listen, truly hear and take the actions you need to, with whoever and wherever you need to.
  5. Provide Resources With a better vision for the future of your business or organisation, you can ‘get’ that investment above the short-term is really important, so as long as that investment of people; time; resources is truly long-term value-creating, you have the clout to take that risk.
  6. Do Less Doing As a manager, you find it really easy to be part of the doing. Yet you have great people already. So to build on their skills you start to give them better training and support – and then get out of their way. Mistakes are OK – especially when learning comes from it.
  7. Utilise Team Strengths If you are able to stand back a little from managing in the day job, you start to have the time to recognise where your round pegs are in square holes. Once you spot this, you can realign your people so that they work best where their strengths are. With everyone valuing each other for what they contribute.
  8. Challenge the Norm With a better long-term vision for the future, you can truly see what is getting in the way of that achievement. You can raise questions up the management line which will make effort far more productive and focus on the outputs which are truly valuable and not remain in the historic.
  9. Develop Your People With the future in mind and the possibilities for your key people to fill that need, you can create opportunities to expand capabilities, though broader experiences; training; new responsibilities; role rotation etc. Managers don’t tend to do this, because they are short-term survival focused.
  10. Measure Against the Big Picture Decision making become much easier because you have a clear future vision for your business or organisation (and even at team level). Every decision, big or small is measured against the longer term. And you are able to cultivate that characteristic in your people as you go.

Finally, Go with Your Gut, because leadership, encompassed within the day to day business you are involved in, gives you sensitivities which you can use.

By being clear in where you are going, you develop a sixth sense; a gut judgement about decisions which are aligned with goals. An invaluable tool which becomes second nature

Above all a manager recognising that there is another level to the day job, finds it hugely rewarding and developmental in itself. Building enthusiasm, commitment and focus into what can become mundane and boring.

A rejuvenated manager, using just a few leadership skills from time to time is a valuable asset.

Which won’t do your career goals any harm at all either!


Don’t Get Ripped Off! – How to Get the Best Rental Car Promotions and Coupons and Save

Smart and Informed Rental Car users know that there are certain steps that you need to take in order to get the best promotions, codes, and coupons for Rental Cars. The following article will give you some valuable tips on getting the best deals and discounts in order to save money on Rental Cars. Why throw away money when Rental Car companies are ready to give you many promotions and deals…Spend the money you save on the fun things while on your vacation…

Rental Car Insurance?

One of the biggest misunderstood and money making profit sources for the rental car companies or agent is when you are asked: “Do you want Insurance?” This one question usually traps the first time car rental user because they don’t tell you whether or not this is required unless you ask. And because personal auto insurance is required by law, a lot of new auto renters feel they have to add this or risk driving without insurance. However, If you have insurance on your personal vehicle, you are more than likely already covered by your current auto insurance. So this is a very good example of being “double covered”. Say no to this fee, unless you don’t have insurance on your personal vehicle.

Hunt for the Best Promotion

The first thing to do in your hunt for a good promotion is to find between three and five businesses that rent cars. Take your time, because it is not a race, so look carefully and try not to miss any out. Some Rental Car companies advertise online exclusively to promote their best deals. You can always get a better deal online and pre-registering your vehicle rather than waiting to try to get a deal at the rental car companies’ office.

Register Your Car Rental Online

It is always a good idea to check out if the car rental agency is running any special deals online before you ever phone as you could save yourself quite a few dollars. It’s common knowledge that renting online will save you more money than phoning in or registering at the office. One point worth checking when you contact the rent a vehicle office is whether they are have any arrangements with airlines or hotels where a further promotion may be available. So be sure and ask for any new promotions when you contact a representative.

Be Aware

Pickup and collection rules vary between rent a car businesses, therefore, be sure and choose the one that best suits your circumstances and meets your needs at the time.

Rent the Vehicle You Need

A point to remember is the type of auto you actually need. Try to stick with the size that you need and don’t be upgraded if you don’t have to, unless it is for free of course. But go ahead and ask for a “free upgrade”. Rent a Car companies are always promoting Free Rental Car Upgrades.

Rental companies can be very good at adding on “extras” just when you thought you had a good deal, one of which is the “reservation fee” for the vehicle of your choice. If any fees are added, ask them what they are for, and if it is necessary. Take the time to ask what the fees and extras are that you are being charged with.

If you are looking purely to save dollars then you need to follow some of these pieces of advice.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

Some people swear by asking what no-cost upgrades are available when they get to the rent a vehicle office first thing in the morning. You see when you go to the rental office first thing in the morning, most of the economy vehicles are still awaiting return so there is a strong possibility you will get a free upgrade.

Often considerable rent a vehicle discounts are available online as more businesses compete there so it may be worth checking there first. Sometimes the company will arrange to find a vehicle at your own price where you just give them your budget and they’ll find the best promotion for you, plus you won’t have to go anywhere to get a rental.

When you return your car, make sure the tank is full as you don’t want to pay the fuel surcharge if the rental company has to fill it up.

Look and Ask For Promotions with Airlines and Hotels

Look for promotions like fly-drive-stay or fly-drive, these will get you great discounts on rentals, and what’s more you won’t have to worry about other details like a hotel or an airline, and everything will be taken care of. You can find these promotions with most travel agencies.

Many rent a vehicle agencies will give a promotion if you exchange your frequent flyer promotion with them. You will have to judge whether this is a worthwhile proposition which will depend a great promotion on how much time you have left on your discount.


If you are looking to save money and take advantage of the best opportunities:

1. Research Online and get coupons and codes

2. Book Online and use the codes

3. Ask about Promotions and Deals

4. Ask about Airline Packages and Hotel Packages

5. Say “no” to extra insurance and fees that you don’t need

Look for, and get the best Rental Car Coupons and Codes…