Tuesday February 19, 2013
What’s your management style?
Are you someone who manages by control?
Or do you manage by just letting it all happen as it happens?
It doesn’t matter if you are the CEO of a company, a department manager, or an employee who needs to simply manage the responsibilities on your desk, we all have a management style.
No matter what we manage in our business day, there are people we interact with in order to get the goals of the day accomplished.
If you manage by allowing things to just unfold or happen as they happen, you most likely will not be as successful as you would like. What you will have is chaos and confusion.
If you tend to manage by control, for example: “Do what I say” or “It’s my way or the highway”, you won’t be as successful as you like either. What you will have is people hating to work with you which will create another set of problems.
The key to management is to command a presence that demonstrates understanding, freely helps others, is knowledgeable and shares important information, works well with everyone at all levels of the company. By doing so, co-workers will want to follow your lead and look to you for leadership because they respect your way of thinking and how you get the job done.
(PS - Viv says that this is also a good way to position yourself on LinkedIn!)
Remember when you were a teenager? What was the parenting style of your mother or father? Was it: let the children run wild and do as they please? Rule the house with an iron fist and everyone living in fear of doing something wrong? Or was it a parenting style that commanded a presence because they taught respect, values and logic? Oh sure, you or your siblings may still have gotten yourselves into some typical teenage mischief but you were able to recognize the consequences.
Now let’s apply this to business. Many businesses fail today because they are riding so high that they believe they are untouchable. Then suddenly, almost as though without warning, the company collapses just like a house of cards. It becomes a domino effect because they continually push through without thought of what the ramifications may be.
Think through your management style.
In your LinkedIn profile, what type of manager do you describe yourself as? What impression will visitors to your profile have? Are you dynamic and approachable?
Those that manage well, make things happen in business. Make sure your management style is a command performance that others will want to experience every business day.
Howard Lewinter guides, focuses and advises CEOs, presidents and business owners throughout the United States to greater success and profit. Visit Howard’s website and blog at www.TalkBusinessWithHoward.com – and sign up for the Free Guide, “How To Turn A Bad Business Day Into A Great Business Year”.