I had the great joy of speaking to two friends with whom I had not spoken to in many years. They are about the same age, both single and both have had successful careers, both facing change. One facing the possibility of the end of her life; the other sounded perky, enthusiastic, with a refreshing sense of humor about being single and the ironies of her life.
During one conversation, I became the supporter, encourager and coach.
During the other, I was the recipient of many gifts of joy and laughter.
The words that transferred were very different, however the energies were similar in both experiences.
Different people in different situations will educe different responses from us. As a Manager, having the ability to adapt to all of these variations is key. It is part of what makes an effective and successful Leader.
In the role of every Manager, there are times to give and times to receive. Do you recognize the difference between the two and respond appropriately to each?
Here are some questions to consider:
- Are you perceptive to the needs of your team in the moment?
- Do you respond to the needs of your team, as a whole and as individuals?
- Are your responses accurate reflections of the needs of the situation?
- Do you feel ready to receive gifts from your team?
- What adjustments can you make to diminish your control and expand your receptiveness?
If you answered any of these questions in the negative, email me today at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work on this together!