Friday, September 08, 2006

A Story About Leadership

Last week, we have discussed about the leadership, distinguish between management and leadership. I would like to tell to you a story about my job four years ago.

At that time, I had just graduated and working for one big construction company in HCM city of Vietnam. First three month, I had done some works in the technical office, after that, they had appointed me to manage one small project. That project was one of their small project, but it very big with me because I hadn’t experience and the first time in my life. That project had around 20 workers, 2 trucks, 3 road rollers and 1 bulldozer.

The first day at the construction site, I had come earlier than anyone, to check the number of equipments, repaired the list of workers, etc. The machines and equipments had been sent by the day before.

At 7am, the workers and machines drivers had come. I had about 15 minutes for small meeting to assign them to do their jobs.

Every thing had run, but I always went around and speeded up the workers. Some workers hadn’t done their jobs well and I have thought that they hadn’t respected me because I had very young at that time.

The first week was very hard for me. Some time, my boss sent some technical to my construction site to control my jobs and I had felt very tired even though I could do every thing at their.

My boss had satisfied with my job, but I hadn’t satisfied with the productivity in the construction site, the workers hadn’t responsibility with their jobs and the machines runner also.

One time, I had reminded that I had road one book name “Act in Leadership” and then I had tried to apply some thing into the current situation, such as:

- Building the good relationship with the workers. (Come to work together with them, share my knowledge and learn the experience from them, asking about their life, etc.)

- Giving and sharing the responsibility to them. (I had separated the workers into 3 groups and selected the leader for each group, the group leader have responsibility and power to assign to his group members.)

- Encouraging the worker.

I had needed the whole of the second week to do it, and the results from them hadn’t badly. I hadn’t work hard like the first time but the effectiveness very high.
I have felt very happy at that time.


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