This is a brilliant 1 paragraph description of a people managers role. Perhaps this should be the introduction to every managers position description, or read to you in an interview or on the eve of a promotion. People Management, it’s not to be taken lightly.
As a people leader, your job is simple…
Yeah, right. as a people leader, your job is to inspire your employees to bring their personal greatness to work every day and to invest their best in your business. And that’s a hard job. It’s an emotional roller coaster. You experience the exquisite highs of engagement and teamwork when everyone is pulling together. Your heart breaks when you have to make really tough decisions that negatively affect the personal lives and well-being of people you truly care about. And it can be absolutely frightening when you’re dealing with hair-trigger personalities who really don’t belong in a safe workplace.
(Finney, MI 2012 The Truth About Getting the Best from People, 2nd Edition, FT Press, New Jersey)