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Which Manager is the Better Leader?

Which Manager is the Better Leader?
18 December 2015 James Dillon

One has won many awards and managed a world class organisation packed with some of the most talented professionals within their industry. The other manager has a wealth of experience but is working with inexperienced team members who are incentivised by the prospect of a pizza if they perform well.

Who am I talking about? Of course, I am talking about José Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri. After Chelsea’s decision to sack Mourinho, speculation about who will replace him inevitably includes Leicester City’s Ranieri, who managed Chelsea back in 2000-2004.

Jose Mourinho

With this story playing out in the full glare of the media, it begs two questions. Firstly, how is it that a lower profile club with a softly spoken Manager can elevate a team of average to good players from virtual relegation to topping the English Premier League? Secondly, how is it that a high profile manager with a huge pool of talent and resources at his disposal can allow a successful, winning team plummet from the dizzy heights of Premier League Champions to relegation contenders?

I am sure that in time, as the facts emerge and track records are analysed, the picture will become clearer. But I am not sure they will ever explain how past success, highly skilled experts and an almost bottomless supply of resources can underperform by so much. Equally, I am not sure they will ever explain how, with such meagre resources, Leicester City has achieved so much in such a short space of time.

The great news for Managers and Leaders all over the world is that we can all take inspiration from Claudio Ranieri and his team. High performance, whether as an individual, team or organisation, is not 100 per cent the result of just finance and money. I suspect time will show that motivation, leadership and a high performance team-oriented work ethic to be the main contributors of both Mourinho’s failure and Ranieri’s success. These are three core areas that make up an integral part of our Leaders in Business programme.

Leaders in Business Webinar

If you are interested in finding out more about improving personal, team and organisational performance, I can highly recommend our FREE Leaders in Business Webinar that Exponential Training Managing Director, John Moore, is running. John will be sharing many of the ideas, tools and techniques that he has helped thousands of Managers and businesses to implement. John’s ideas on motivating and engaging team members are simple and can be implemented by anyone who understands how to use of variety of basic leadership and management techniques.

Having worked with John for many years, I have learned that creating and sustaining a high performance team-oriented work ethic is about making sure individual and team needs are addressed not by management alone, but by the team members who know how to support, coach and help each other.

If you would like to tap into John’s ideas, register for next month’s FREE LEADERS IN BUSINESS WEBINAR.

James Dillon is Business Development Manager at Exponential Training and has over 5 years experience working with current and aspiring Managers, Coaches and Consultants. James works with both past and potential clients in order to help them find the right training & development solutions to meet their specific needs. You can contact James or connect through LinkedIn.


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