The Manager's Guide for Effective Leadership is a self study course in leadership for managers and workers who wish to prepare themselves for management. It addresses motivating people and improving processes; needs common to every type of organization. The book is based on the author's more than 35 years of leadership experience and training by leading management experts. It combines teaching leadership principles with exercises that enable students to apply the principles to their specific organization and to develop personal leadership action plans to guide building superior organizations.
The book is a guide to becoming an effective leader. It complements leadership books by others that teach leadership behavior. It teaches how to apply this behavior to the student’s organization. Typical leadership books focus on motivating people. This book addresses both motivating people and improving the processes people use in their work. This is crucial because it is through empowering workers to control and improve their work processes that the highest level of worker motivation is achieved and the most effective organization is developed.
If you learn this material, do the exercises, the necessary outside reading and put these methods into practice you can expect to see 20 to 30% or more improvement in the effectiveness of your organization. You will see improved job satisfaction for you and your workers. Your workers will take control of their jobs freeing you from daily crisis management and enabling you to lead your organization in achieving strategic goals. This is a strong claim. The author makes it because he has made it happen and there are sound practical reasons why it works.
The human relations school efforts that resulted in what is popularly called Participative Management, started with Elton Mayo. Mayo did the work at the Hawthorne plant of Western Electric that led to defining the Hawthorne effect. The Hawthorne effect is an organization’s response due just to outside attention. Participative Management has concern for the worker as a human and what motivates humans. It appeals to Theory Y managers. At the name implies Participative Management involves employees much more in the organization’s decision making. Participative Management strategy also works reasonably well. The limitation on the effectiveness of Participative Management is due to Theory Y manager’s overemphasis on trying to keep workers satisfied at the expense of achieving objectives efficiently.
Dr. Joe Jenney writes from the experience of having practiced effective leadership methods and achieved dramatic improvements in organizations. He is an executive with more than 35 years of leadership experience. This experience is in a variety of organizations including aerospace, defense, research and development, federal government, banking, consulting and civic organizations. He held management positions from entry level to general management and boards of directors. Positions have been in small and large organizations from entrepreneurial startups to corporate staff of multi billion dollar enterprises. He led research and development, manufacturing, services and projects organizations. He started new organizations, closed down organizations and built world class organizations.
He learned the principles and practices of leadership from mentoring, training and hands-on practice. He had the good fortune to receive mentoring from famous management experts and leadership authors including William Ouchi, Stephen Covey, Brian Joiner, Madhav Phadke and Genichi Taguchi. He received management training from numerous company-sponsored programs and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Jenney’s management skills and experience with process improvement methodologies led to his selection as the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Quality, an organization formed to provide quality management training for Northeast Tennessee. The National Center for Quality was the genesis for the Tennessee Quality Award, a model for quality management worldwide.