Congratulations – You’re a manager! There are any number of reasons you wanted the manager role you’re in now. Maybe it was a promotion with more money and higher esteem. Maybe you thought you could be a good manager based on your expertise in a particular area. Maybe you thought you were effective at leading groups of people toward a common goal. Or maybe you were ‘picked’ to be the manager on the basis of seniority in the group or someone else’s assessment that you could be effective in that role.
However it happened, your ego was involved, which is good. Even if you didn’t go after the manager role, you accepted the role. It’s good to start any role with the confidence that you’re going to be successful.
Your next step though, should be to check your ego. If you’re like most managers and leaders I know, you have challenging business goals and your world is constantly challenging. Every day brings new issues.
The good news is that it’s not just you who’s battling those issues and challenges. You have a team that can help. The key question is ‘Will they?’ This is where you need to check your ego and put your employees first. You need to figure out how to get the best from every one of your employees.
- Can you help your employees feel valued?
- Can you do what it takes to make your employees successful?
- Can you recognize their achievements?
- Will you ask them what’s important to them at work?
- Can you help them grow?
Answering these questions involves setting your ego aside. Putting your employees first is putting your business first, and this is key for you to be successful.
Can you set your ego aside?
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