Balancing…RESOURCES: I offer the perspective that “people are resources,” and therefore are manageable assets. How well they are managed depends on the Manager/Leader. A manager’s most important, and often, the most difficult, job is to manage his people.
A Manger/Leader must lead, motivate, inspire, and encourage them (the people). Sometimes, one will have to hire, fire, discipline, or evaluate employees. And… Be a “morale builder.” One of the main elements in successful project management is being able to manage the people resources.
While I agree, somewhat… that “people can, and often do…manage themselves.” However, when they don’t do a very good job… then, as their manager… I do it for them….which is called “people-management.” Managing people is equitable to “influencing” people; which I am, by reputation and results….pretty could at doing…. as well.
Then, we have the other required resources… such as cash, inventory, and equipment, which… to me, the easy part…as it takes no “people skills.” One doesn’t have to have a “personality relationship” with an inanimate object. Plus…cash and inventory, etc.…. well… they don’t talk back.
Consider too, that “the manager,” is also a valuable resource. Aside from those obvious characteristics and credentials that are required of a “successful manager,” he MUST also be able to “set the appropriate example” for his followers, subordinates, and all those under his jurisdiction.
The additional characteristics that fall in the “appropriate example” category… should include how he “treats his fellowman.” The Manager’s own morality, integrity, and commitment, along with his “spiritual standing” are very important.
A few …quick… “test-questions” one could raise about the “good-standing” of a leader/manager would be: How does he treat his wife, and how does he treat his mother-in-law….and does God come first in his life? Failing these…will contribute, ultimately…to his own failure.
God’s resources in Christ are sufficient for all of life and godliness? Philippians 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
I believe that one’s ability to manage people and all the corresponding resources… is a balancing act that only the “skilled Leader/Manager” can handle.
Other’s need not apply.