What type of manager are you?
- a teacher manager who develop employees' skills
- a cheerleader manager who always give positive feedback
- always-on manager who provide frequent feedback
- connector manager who provide feedback but connect employees to different team in the organization
- a mix of the above
- none of the above
At the beginning I was a cheerleader manager, now I am more a mix of the 4. Generally speaking, what I really don't like is micro-managing people. And you?
In the beginning I was like John Wayne in Hondo; throw them in the water and make them learn themselves how to swim. It worked pretty well when almost all them earned more money or got promoted. Then I encountered those micro-managers who alienated people. So I became the go to person; cheerleader, confidant, teacher, take a bullet for the team... I believe to setting-up people to succeed not fail.
My goal is to get the best out of each employee possible, this includes using every type of skill I have in order to succeed. Looking and listening are key, teaching and guiding are key, setting expectations and having conversations are also key. Having integrity goes a long way to build the trust needed to be a great leader