At work, some people like to be given instructions every step of the way.
Others work best when they are told what’s expected of them; then given a free rein.
How do you work best?
Questions to ask yourself:
• People skills – how are my people skills?
• Patience – how patient am I when things don’t go as planned?
• Control – how important of a factor is it and to what degree?
Ask these questions and give yourself honest answers.
This will enable you to find the leadership style that best suits you.
I’ve always been the “free rein” type.
(Except when it comes to technology. Then I need lots of hand-holding.)
You know if you are the hands-off type when you work on a project and all you need to know is what is to be done, and by when.
As to the how it’s going to get done – you’ll ask for help when needed.
Prepare for the unexpected
As a leader you prepare and try to foresee all scenarios.
Still, the unexpected always happens.
Years ago I worked for a small tax and accounting practice.
A small office of eight to ten employees.
As the manager I thought I was doing a decent job.
That was until this one week in the summer when the “big cheese” decided to leave town for a family vacation.
(My first thought, “How dare they go without me? I thought I was part of the family!” : )
For the next couple of days I worked really hard to make sure things are running as they should.
And I thought all was good – I was ready to pat myself on the back.
Too soon! Friday came. The pay day!
The owners usually handled that. They forgot to leave me any checks.
And they were somewhere along the California coast, basking in the sun.
I had one of the ladies getting pretty irate because she counted on that check.
So what was I to do? Got out my checkbook.
Asked each one what they would normally get, then wrote and handed out the checks.
(And hoped I had enough money in the account to cover all!)
Forgetting payroll is an important oversight.
Both, the owners and I, shared the blame on this one.
On my part, since I was the one left in charge, I should’ve thought about it.
And asked for those payroll checks. But I didn’t.
A mistake that was a great learning experience for me.
It prepared me for the next level.
To be an effective leader you need to know your leadership style.
“What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they,
in effect, do away with the need of their jobs.
But leaders like that are never out of a job,
never out of followers.
Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.”
Admiral James B. Stockdale
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The hands-off type of leaders