Manage Yourself

Linda Hill and Kent Lineback are coauthors of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader. Their insight should motivate you to reflect and improve.

Even after years of management experience, situations and moments of doubt will come that cause you to question your capabilities.  This may come from a challenging new assignment, difficult employee situations, or a mediocre performance review.  Any of these should serve as an indicator that you need to assess where you are as a leader and how you might improve.

This blog series will look at the 3 imperatives for growing into a great leader: manage yourself, manage your network, and manage your team.

Managing yourself seems obvious – but when is the last time you have assessed your skills and proficiency?  “How good am I?  Can I be better? On a spectrum of great to horrible bosses – where do I fall?”  Identifying areas for improvement, refreshing your skills, learning new skills, and gathering experience all require much planning and committed execution.

Ultimately, your employees examine every action you take and each personal interaction.  Their commitment to you and willingness to accept your influence depend largely on their trust in you.  They must believe in your competency and your character.  Management truly begins with who you are.

Have you assessed your management proficiency?  What challenges are you finding and how are you planning to address them?

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