Leadership style and leadership skills: techniques for bosses! {Review}

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One can argue excellently about leadership styles. Not about leadership. Because whoever is dealing with employees has to do with hiring and layoffs, with criticism discussions, with target agreement discussions and with conflicts. So with the whole topic "Guide in everyday life ”from top to bottom.

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Wolfgang Hanfstein 38Wolfgang Hanfstein is co-founder and chief editor of Managementbuch.de, the leading bookstore for executives, entrepreneurs and self-employed persons.


Leadership techniques to the point

With the “Practical Guide to Employee Management”, managers can jump right into the middle of the fray. Not a high theory, but crystal-clear instructions for tricky and everyday management situations. The book is roughly divided into two parts.

In the first part, Lorenz and Rohrschneider discuss the essential leadership techniques. Reduced all chapters to the essentials, a concentrate of helpful techniques.

With techniques such as these:

  • How to deal with multiple speakers?
  • How to create an optimal team?
  • How do you recognize “types of power”, how the “carers” and how do you keep them happy?
  • How do you negotiate expediently? eg treat people and problems separately. Do not negotiate positions but interests etc.
  • How can the different types best be motivated?
  • And finally there is a pragmatic quick course “Time Management”.

Compact guide for everyday management situations

In the second, more comprehensive part of the book, there are then handy instructions for very real operational situations.

Example: Every executive knows that every occupation requires the utmost professionalism. Otherwise, you quickly bind yourself to years of problems. But professional life is that the staffing is just then somehow pushed in between. Exactly for such cases have Michael Lorenz and Uta Rohrschneider written this practice manual.

Pragmatic all important leadership situations are treated. From target agreement talks to warnings to termination. Within a few minutes, you have the correct instructions ready with this practical manual - look at the register.

Very good craftsmanship for executives

The two psychologists have been working for years in an advisory capacity Company. You can see this experience in the book. Especially in the last chapter “emergency case”:

Here you will find important behavioral rules for major challenges (serious mistakes of management, mass redundancies, dismissal of good employees, long illness-related failure).

CD-ROM as a third input

The icing on the cake is the included CD-ROM. It can be installed within two minutes and provides a clear overview of all checklists and interview guidelines - for example, to quickly create good requirement profiles or to conduct interviews with applicants. The CD-ROM even offers a complete interview guide!

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  1. Svenja Dederichs

    For executives who are in a tricky situation, a book of this kind can be helpful. It makes at least the management again able to act and thus is already accomplished much. But in numerous practical situations, it is always clear to me that executives often think too complicated. The right solution is often much easier than imagined. A clear and valued communication, which clarifies what the common goal is and what must happen next, so that this goal is achieved, works miracles. Often managers fail to take their employees on the common path because they assume that the employees know where the goal lies.

    • Simone Janson

      Dear Mrs. Dederichs,
      since you are right, communication is, in many cases, the key to success, but unfortunately it is too often forgotten that you have not clearly communicated.

  2. firm-job

    Management style & management craft: Techniques for bosses !: Management styles are a great way to argue. About … - Exciting contribution6821Y705DA

  3. Zorem

    Who wants to lead, needs above all a personal concept, as described by Prof. Lay or Father Grün. Performing according to the Ceckliste and Fachbuch is on the one hand comfortable and secures the job of the executive staff on the other hand. What is written in the book can not be wrong.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Zorem,
      I agree with you, the often fundamental problem is personality. Bad bosses are usually less characterized by a lack of good advice than by a lack of leadership skills. Changing this is not impossible, but it is much more difficult.
      Nevertheless, I believe that such a guide makes sense for some: I imagine the specialist who is suddenly promoted due to excellent performance - and then searches for information and leadership techniques. But as I said: a book like this cannot be an all-round carefree free ticket, of course.

  4. Wolfgang Hanfstein

    @ Simone Janson: Completely correct, the book does not solve all the problems. But it solves the one that promises to solve it, perfect!
    I'm always shocked at how many executives just stumble into their job and then plunge themselves and others into misery - simply because they have never learned the little 1 × 1 of leadership. This is also not taught at any university! Outside of the corporations that are relatively well structured in terms of further training, things often look rather poor. And for those people who have been thrown into the deep end, this book is a godsend. Because it offers tools that can be implemented quickly.
    But now I'm going to praise again :)

  5. Simone Janson

    Personally, I am always somewhat skeptical about such omissions: ME, there is no round solution, which covers all problems optimally. Never.
    But here every author has his own opinion!

  6. Simone Janson

    Leadership techniques brought to the point: all-round strike for bosses!

  7. Competencepartner

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