Every manager needs to get to grips with four essentials, according to Judith Leary-Joyce. Her book, Inspirational Manager: How to Build Relationships That Deliver Results, says you must first develop the mindset of an inspirational manager so that you can truly inspire your team. Second, you need to get to grips with managing performance in order to help every member of your team to reach their full potential. Third, you must understand how to motivate them so they want to do their best for you and your organisation. And finally, you have to ensure that your people feel valued and that you are reinforcing the behaviours that will deliver exceptional results. Essentially, it comes down to building trusting relationships with your colleagues.
The question is, how? Try to understand what your present style is by asking for feedback from those you manage. Note the feedback and make a plan of what to do differently. Know, for example, that an inspirational manager brings emotions as well as thoughts to work, because it is relationships that make the most difference. And remember: enjoying your work, building strong relationships and accepting challenges are the indicators to look out for. Can you tick those boxes?
Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today