We’ve previously discussed how leadership development is beyond the classroom. In that same vein, great management is also about knowing your true self, and directing your team accordingly. Kathleen Taylor-Gadsby, via Forbes, shares some questions to ask yourself as you develop your leadership and manage your team.
1. What gets you up in the morning?
What are your motivations? Aspirations? Do your actions coincide with the purpose you have set for yourself? This will help you determine if you’re in the right role, or even in the right company. This will also determine what’s hindering you from accomplishing your goals. And if your passions are aligned with your work, this can help you when your company is facing difficult times. Once you figure out what drives you and makes you happy, it’ll be much easier to guide team to where you want them to be and what you want them to accomplish .
2. What principles or beliefs guide your life?
What are the values you have set for yourself? Your principles affect the decisions you make and the actions you take. And these values can determine how you shape and direct your company. For example, someone who highly values service may uphold this principle in her for-profit business by focusing on and helping marginalized communities. It’s also important to see how your values can affect work culture. For example, if overt prejudice is something you can’t stand, you could consider implementing policies of inclusivity and tolerance in your company.
Without knowing your motivations, strengths, and principles that guide your life, you can’t go very far as a manager. Leadership involves finding your inner self, and bringing your energy to what you love and care about. This is how you’ll create a team that achieves goals and sees results.
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