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How are you infecting your team?

So what’s it like working for you?  how would you like to work for you?  Great questions to ask yourself …..and answer honestly!

There was a real light bulb moment for a manager I was working with a little while ago – they were learning to use a coaching (rather than telling) approach and while practicing the skills – sitting back, asking questions and actively listening – they had a huge revelation.

How are you infecting your team?

Their normal style was to rush around the office, picking up issues, providing solutions to any and every problem that floated in front of them, believing that they alone were responsible for resolving every difficulty – they suddenly realised that their rushing around was infecting all of their team with the same anxiety and stress and putting everyone on edge.  The insight immediately gave them a choice about the impact they were having and they were also developing the skills to enable them to have quite a different effect – to create an atmosphere of joint problem solving and calm thinking space, of creative energy and inspiration!

It’s amazing how many managers who, for one reason or another, know very clearly how they are performing against their targets and objectives but don’t realise the effect they are having on their team and whether they are really helping or hindering them in doing their jobs to the best of their ability.  So if you haven’t thought about it for a while, or maybe at all, now could be a good time to ask yourself those 2 questions at the start and then think how you would like to infect your team – if the two don’t match up you can then start to work out what you need to do to be more like the leader you ideally want to be.

Next time: how do you make that a reality?

Photo: © Willee Cole – Fotolia.com

  1. Tom Yohannan
    June 16, 2011 at 09:17

    I discovered years ago that I was a terrible manager. I expected everyone else to work to my standards, and if they didn’t, I picked up the shortfall myself. some of us have to recognize that we were meant only to be our own boss and no one else’s!

    • June 16, 2011 at 09:58

      Great point Tom – it’s not for everyone! if it doesn’t come naturally though I do believe coaching and training can help if you really WANT to do it but need to change some beliefs (eg that it’s OK to ask someone else to do it or that they COULD do it to your standards with some support) or if you need some skills in, say, delegation.

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