Good management habits are the foundation of great leadership

Good management habits are the foundation of great leadership. They grow at the intersection of knowledge, skills and desire. Leaders are passionate about acquiring the knowledge available and marshaling the skills needed to get the job done right.
It is work, hard work to cultivate those habits but they pay off by supporting your goals and by building the confidence to anticipate and look forward to meeting new challenges to the success of an enterprise.
Too often, success allows those habits to go fallow. When it is pointed out that they are not practicing the good habits that brought them success, some CEOs respond, “I have a good team around me and they need to practice those habits more than I do,” or, “I have to focus on strategy,” or, “My time is needed on building the new ____.”
Many CEOs think that applying new knowledge and utilizing new skills means losing their identity, abandoning what got them to the top. That is not true. Good management habits are the process, not unchanging content!
A very public example of the consequences of unchanging content in its habits is the “Old” General Motors. At the time of its bankruptcy, many analysts believed GM was building the best products in its history. Yet, they could not sell enough of them to avoid going under. Comfortable with being No. 1 for so long, management stuck with “the GM way” and the tyranny of numbers that silenced the voice of individual consumers. It became a self-validating …