Ask the Coach: As a Manager, how can I be a better leader?

June 1st, 2018

We all wear many different hats in our careers. As a Manager, you fill many roles in the workplace. Specifically, you wear three distinct and different hats: the leader, the manager, and the coach. The people you interact with, support and lead, need you to wear each of these hats, even when it might be uncomfortable.

The Leader Hat is the hat you wear when your role is to lead, inspire, and motivate. When you wear this hat, you become the message you are trying to convey, not just through your words, but your actions. The leader’s job is not just to preach the message, but in fact, live the message. It is through his or her behavior, that those around them understand what they should do.

So, how do you know if you’re effective at wearing this hat? First, take a look at your values.

  • What’s important to you?
  • What do you stand for?
  • What won’t you stand for?
  • How do you honor or live each of these values? Rate these on a scale of 1-10.

Actions speak louder than words. If someone were to watch you on videotape, do your actions support your values? Would they know what’s important to you when they looked at your office, your home, or your surroundings?

It is through the leaders’ actions, and words, that people are inspired to strive toward a common goal. They understand why the goal is important, why they are critical, and what they are truly trying to achieve – the noble cause. Inspiration, motivation, and example causes others to live the vision. So, you have the opportunity to move yourself along the continuum. Change your behavior and cast a shadow for your employees.

For more career, sales, and leadership advice please contact our coaches
Joe Micallef – Sales Coach – email, or call (773) 329 0066
Donna Flynn – Career/Management Coach – email, or call (630) 624-4319