Managing is like driving a car. First, you do everything the way the instructor says. It takes a while to develop your own style in the jungle of traffic lights, signs and traffic rules. But that's exactly what a top manager needs.

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Peak instead of average is the goal

Because getting from A to B quickly and safely at any time is a mixture of driving technique, social skills, strength of character and personal preferences. In management it also takes a while before you can let go of the “driving instructor”. Usually there are even several: an MBA lecturer who you hang on to, a standard work on management that you devour or a mentor in the Companythat impresses one. The good thing about it: what you learn in this way usually leaves you accident-free, but not always fast.

However, if you always drive the way the driving school teaches, you will be an average driver throughout your life. Whoever manages as textbooks, ProfessorTo propagandize older and older role models becomes an average manager, has a career that is okay, and is valued as a dependable workhorse. The good thing about golden rules is that they allow a level on which you can work well.

Giving the gas instead of braking

However, as a manager, if you want to be a leader, a real leader, you have to be prepared to break the rules and know how to do it in order to maximize your success. This is also like on the road: In the driving school, you learn to brake in time, but not when it is better to go on the gas and turn the obstacle elegantly and quickly.

If excellent management means implementing projects efficiently (fuel-efficient) at maximum speed (fast) and in excellent quality (safe and prudent), many golden rules become well-intentioned advice from which top executives must emancipate themselves. It takes courage above all else. Because golden rules are never completely wrong, they serve a security need that needs to be overcome in order to unlock all of their leadership potential.

5 golden rules that top managers must break:

Rule 1: Make sufferers involved!
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Rule 2: Specify fixed goals!

Rule 3: Give each meeting an agenda!

Rule 4: make decisions by consensus!

Rule 5: Plan all projects!

5 rules of many

Of course, these five rules are just examples of many others. A well-known chess quote is: "A good player knows the rules, a master knows the exceptions!" It takes some experience and a lot of confidence to disenchant golden rules in management and replace them with better ones. For managers who want to grow above average, this development step is without alternative.


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Always remember: As a leader, you control your business, and you learn to drive properly after the driving school.


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