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The world is not enough

Wanting to do their part in reducing global GHG emissions, Canadian farmers still can’t catch a break from federal tax fees. But what’s going on around the world?

The current state of global agricultural testing

Using just-in-time technology to thwart the spread of pathogenic disease in ag.

CN expands its central US reach

Canadian National has agreed to purchase the agricultural Iowa Northern Railway.

5 agricultural technology trends to watch in 2024

As more Canadian farmers are accepting of new technologies over ye olde tried and true, look at some ways more AgTech can improve the sector’s lot.

The world of seed technology: things to know for 2024

With science changing along with the seasons, we look at the world of seed technology, offering a forecast.

Show your mature workforce the love they deserve

Learn how the top employers support the ever-evolving needs of their employees through their changing career phases.

Increasing your company’s brand reputation

A well-thought-out brand marketing campaign will help you grow and promote your brand.

Views, Considerations & Unknowns for 2024

With 2024 upon us, the agriculture trade show and seminar season is now in full swing.

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Navigating control: Balancing leadership and relationships

Learn how to balance leadership and personal relationships while navigating management in various situations.

Learn how to balance leadership and personal relationships while navigating management in various situations.

By Kathryn Doan, AgCareers.com

Navigating control is an art that finds its canvas in business operations and personal interactions. The key lies in understanding the delicate equilibrium between effective leadership and respecting personal boundaries.

In the realm of agri-retailers, control takes on a dual role. A well-guided hand at the helm is essential to ensuring the organization’s seamless functioning and progress. This mantle of authority often rests upon a single individual or a collaborative team responsible for making decisions that steer the business toward success.

Robust leadership, often embodied by the top executive, ensures control remains a driving force. The flip side of the coin paints a chaotic picture of dysfunction without such leadership.

Yet control’s facets extend beyond business operations, reaching into personal and professional relationships. This dichotomy is delicate. On one side, a meticulous manager adeptly directs tasks, fosters team morale, and offers invaluable guidance. This exemplifies a positive form of control. However, a more intricate dance involves the influence exerted on psychological levels, impacting personal and professional bonds. The distinction between constructive guidance and overbearing behaviour is nuanced.

Have you ever encountered someone who seems driven to control their life and yours? The blurry boundary between managing tasks and imposing on personal space can create friction.

However, control can be problematic when it seeps into personal and professional interactions. A skilled leader distinguishes between meticulous guidance and stifling control that hampers the team’s growth.

Controlling behaviour that transcends personal and professional spheres can hinder growth. Recognizing the signs, such as insisting on personal preferences or refusing accountability, is critical to addressing the issue.

Navigating these behaviours requires adept communication. It’s okay for your team to clearly state boundaries in simple language. For instance, “I’m available to help on certain days, such as Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., but not at other times.”

It’s acceptable to seek clarity on expectations; reinforcing them by repeating them while expressing feelings is essential.

Recognizing when control escalates into a problem is a crucial factor. Even if you, as a leader, are veering towards controlling behaviour, asking others to help you is not a sign of weakness.

Being in control is a dual-edged sword—a necessity for effective leadership but a challenge when it spills into controlling your team’s personal lives. Striking the right balance is vital.

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