The best leaders at any and every level have a meaningful “point of view.” Whether or not they know it consciously, great leaders know what they stand for, how they want to lead, and how they want to be perceived by their followers. In short, they have a clear leadership philosophy, a manager point of view, that guides them.
A Manager Point of View
As any good new manager training program will teach you, if you are a people manager, your success is now based upon the success of your team. To manage well, it helps to have thought through what you believe in, how you want to communicate with your team, and how you want them to think of you. Your perspective on managing your team is your leadership essence. It reflects who you are, what your life experience has been, what you value, where you want to go, and what you expect of others.
How You Get There
To establish these management guideposts that will help align your actions with your values, you need to begin with serious self-reflection. Being self-aware of how others see you is the first step.
Questions to Consider
Here are some questions to ask yourself in order to define your personal and unique point of view as a manager:
- Who Are the Key Positive Influencers in Your Life?
Think about your parents, your teachers, your career mentors. How did they help and support your growth as a person?
- What Are the Key Events in Your Life That Have Shaped Who You Are?
Consider your life history. We have all had to make decisions that profoundly affected our future path. What are some of those turning points in your life experience, and what have you learned from them?
- What are Your Core Values?
Make a list of the core values that govern your behavior toward others. Then reduce the list to those that are most important to you. Prioritizing doesn’t mean you let go of the other compass points in your life; it just means you can focus on the critical few.
Time to Share
Once you have defined your manager point of view, it is time to share this with your team. Let them know what you expect of yourself as a team leader and also what you expect of them individually and as a team. Expressing your perspective on leadership informs your team what matters to you and how they can thrive under your management.
The Bottom Line
Managers who have clarified their personal management philosophy are most effective in communicating their goals and expectations for their teams. As a manager, new or experienced, have you adopted a meaningful point of view?
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