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74 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JANUARY 2021 Introduction Good leadership always makes a difference; unfortunately, so does bad leadership. It can be the difference between average (or worse) and exceptional organizational performance. Leadership is not easy to learn; if it was, ev- eryone would be a leader. This Leadership 101 series will provide practical leadership tools and principles that can be applied immediately with your team. The Biggest Leadership Mistake I wrote about my personal journey in my Oc- tober 2016 column citing three pivotal (and painful) lessons I learned early in my career. I have been in leadership positions for most of my 40+ year career, but as I discussed five years ago, it has not always been a smooth and natural relationship. One thing I have learned, working with some of the biggest and bright- est companies in just about every custom man- ufacturing industry, including ours, is that ev- eryone struggles with leadership in some way. The biggest mistake most companies make is to promote their best employees on the floor into supervisory positions. Making your best drill operator the drill supervisor may sound like a good idea, but without providing leadership training you will most likely just lose your best drill operator. Sometimes your best drill operator should remain your best drill operator. Leadership 101: Leadership is Hard The Right Approach by Steve Williams, THE RIGHT APPROACH CONSULTING Figure 1: Effective leaders inspire others to get the work done because employees have bought into the vision.

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