Today's guest post is from Eric, or @flyingspatula as I've come to know him. That's one intriguing aspect of social media: people can disclose as much or little about themselves as they're willing to reveal. Eric is manager of a reporting team in Toronto, and under the @flyingspatula Twitter name, he tweets an amazing stream of great quotes and insights into strategy and management topics.His Twitter bio also says he's a "funk-tacular" person. I agree, and look for more guests posts in the future. Here, he shares his perspectives on the importance and approach of managing by example:
You may have green-fielded your team and picked the diamonds in the rough. Or maybe you’ve inherited a group of people (inmates). Regardless of your team's opinion, you are their leader. As such, you are the designate of the company. For all intents and purposes, you write their reviews, give them their assignments, and you sign their check.
So where does this leave you as a leader? You need to wrangle the broncos and lead this herd - regardless of their background or experiences. You are the leader because you have the skill set and attitude to manage these troops better than any of them do.
Now to deflate you a bit. Your team will mutiny if you waltz in and start bossing them around. You've got to be able to manage by example. Here are my top 5 tips to do it successfully: