Why did you sign up to be a manager?
Was it for the promotion?
The salary? The increased responsibility?
Maybe it’s because it’s the next natural step to a longer term goal.
Maybe it’s so you can have a broader impact and give back.
All-too-often we don’t really know WHY we want to be managers.
And your WHY is absolutely driving your HOW.
How do you lead and manage others?
- With a focus on goals, so you can be successful?
- Is it with an eye on service, so you can give back?
- Is it with a focus on micro involvement, so you can fix stuff?
- Or are you simply trying to appease your own OCD and need to be right? (Those managers are out there and you know it)
Your WHY is steering your HOW.
There isn’t a wrong or right why…
But not knowing your why leaves you with the potential for tremendous blind spots. Give yourself and others the gift of your own awareness.
Take a moment and ask yourself WHY am I leading others?
Why did I choose this?
Have my reasons changed?
Do I even like my reasons?
Define your purpose. Then evaluate your plan (how) to get there.