Yes, it is true that, to a certain degree, the job of a manager is to make sure that the team adheres to the established goals, policies and standards of the company. That is certainly a challenging job description on most days. However, in the history of any organization and the life of any manager, there will be times when the company policies are either inadequate or non-existent for helping you address a difficult situation. At times like this, a manager must be ready to take initiative, be creative and find common sense, effective ways to handle the issue. Don’t let the fear of making a mistake paralyze you when you should be taking action. Good managers are first of all great leaders, and great leaders know that the biggest mistake of all is stand back and do nothing.